I am a visual artist – a painter.
I am drawn to the freedom of placing brilliant colors on a surface and letting go.
My paintings are abstract. I “create from within” to capture moods, feelings, textures, and movements which connect organic forms with pure abstraction. When I paint I strive to combine the dynamics of different colors to create variations in tone, shade and hue while emphasizing light and shadows. A landscape element is frequently present in my work. It is suggested in the ways in which the colors of the medium move, blend, and touch one another to create shapes and forms evocative of those found in the natural world.
Although my paintings generally evolve spontaneously, my minds' eye is always active. The source of my inspiration comes from all aspects of the natural world, but I am especially attracted to the beauty and the energy of coastal settings and their surrounding environments throughout the seasons– waves and ripples, rivers, streams, rain and fog, ice, and snow, sea grasses, flora, sand and sky, rock formations. And so forth. Here is where the colors and the lighting are so varied and amazing. Among my favorite locations is Bergen-aan-zee in the Netherlands. My paintings are my interpretations of the experiences and memories of time spent there and elsewhere- each work being a very personal spiritual expression. The observer may see or experience something different, unique and unexpected. This is the beauty of sharing art!
I have worked in several mediums including oil, pastel, and watercolor and on surfaces as diverse as wood, paper, canvas, and metal. My recent works has focus on utilizing transparent plastics as a ground. It is a unique experience which allows for a freer movement and blending of the colors on the surface. Some of my paintings develop a translucent appearance as the creative process evolves. This allows for them to be hung in such a way that they can be reflected onto wall surfaces thereby creating 3-dimensional works. And some become 2-sided works due to the transparent nature of the ground. Both processes are architectural in scope.
I work in my studio with a diverse group of artists known as “Artists in the Attic”. It is a supportive environment where ideas and techniques can be shared. The community is invited in to open studios several times each year.