My work stems from nature and is filtered through my experiences. It has representational tendencies yet is not packed with narratives. Sometimes there is an agenda, sometimes not. That is what keeps it fresh and seductive. Primarily a painter, my passion for the two dimensional surface is often energized by explorations in woodcuts, linoleum cuts and monoprints. Landscapes and animals (birds in particular) are constant shape shifters offering endless unions of design elements - they abstract themselves! The rural setting in which I live offers me endless visual intimacies with nature.
I find nature to be such a magical inspiration! As a watercolor artist, I delight in expressing the beauty, magic and peace found in nature.
The majority of my paintings begin with a photograph taken by either myself or my husband. I always try to have a camera on hand to capture precious moments... my fleeting backyard birds, the perfect lighting on a flower, the innocence of a child. I love to paint loose, watery backgrounds with more detailed subjects.
I am an expressionistic abstract artist. I work intuitively with one mark leading to the next, experimenting and playing with various materials, tools, techniques and the elements of line, color, shape, space and texture paying careful attention to creating bold and dynamic compositions. Occasionally, I find myself working realistically as well. This work might be classified as being more of a blended style of impressionism and realism capturing the essence of the subject. In whatever style I find myself working in, good composition and design are very important to me.
Here are the ingredients contained within my style: Art Nouveau. Dr. Seuss. Thomas Hart Benton. Aubrey Beardsley. Robert Crumb. Wes Wilson. Eric Pervukhin. 1960s & 70s pop culture. Tim Burton. Children's books. Old photographs. MC Escher. Joseph Cornell. Jan Svankmajer. Flannery O' Connor. Mark Twain. Willow Trees. Grandpa's Cabin. Floating on the Finley river. Growing a beautiful garden. The sweetness and heartache of childhood memories. The longing to be understood. A deep and abiding loneliness. The way an apple tastes outdoors.
As an art educator, my canvas was my classroom for many years. Now retired, I can channel and direct that creative energy in my own art. I was also a teacher that needed variety and was always trying something new with my students. I have learned so much from my students and fellow art teachers; they are the people who influence me today. I have a strong connection to the natural world and I am a person who needs the outdoors and nature. Animals and plants, flora and fauna are my inspiration for much of my art. I am constantly trying new techniques, taking workshops, etc.
As a person who takes the road less traveled, every painting is an experiment, an exercise in visual problem solving. My goal is to create a harmonious composition of variation, texture, movement, light and dark, repetition and balance; similar to a musical composition.