My paintings come from my emotional side. I find that when I sit down in front of a blank canvas, how I begin is purely instinctual. My paintings always seem to begin with a base layer of color gradients. The mood of the painting is set by whether I paint with a warm or cool palette. My warm, bright orange, red and pink bases depict my more energetic, focused days. The blue, green and purple paintings reflect my emotional, moody periods.
I do not create art pieces to sell. I create them because I can and because I love doing it. Many people have said to me, "That piece speaks to me in a particular way. I would love to have this in my home". When they say that, I am happy to sell it because I know they will take from it all the joy and care I have put into it, that they will share it with their friends and family, and that something I have accomplished will live on for ages to come.
I've been a ballerina since I was seven years old. I have trained mostly in Russian Vaganova style. This type of ballet although it is very strenuous and technically challenging, it's meant to look fluid and effortless. These qualities translate into the way that I paint. My work emphasizes the tensions implicit in combining the human mind and the world it perceives. What is underneath the surface is how I see the world. I want to make visible what is invisible. I intend to narrate my feelings and thoughts through painting.
I am a fine artist that works in a variety of two dimensional mediums. I feel that every persons perspective is unique and that some people, have a gift that allows them to share their perspective with others. I do this with realistic focuses and abstract themes, and what I like to think of as whimsical flare. I grew up loving stories and fairy tales and the illustrations filling their pages. Each illustration was like a window into the world of a book and as a reader I was enchanted. As an artist, inspired.
As an observer of and a participant in the natural world, I cannot help but react with wonder, amusement, joy and curiosity to what I see and experience. These reactions compel me to paint from the heart, not with a historical or objective eye. As a result, my paintings become imagined settings, conveying feelings about a particular time and place or about the gifts of the earth. Unapologetically, I also react to places and objects through the lens of faith, a faith in a loving, actively involved creator.