“There is something so captivating about drawing life! No matter how long I’ve been drawing, I’m still amazed to watch a flat piece of paper or canvas come alive!! It’s as if life has been breathed into the work and I can feel the subject’s presence. Even in my recent paintings of colorful bottles, the exhilaration is there when the bottle begins to emerge three dimensionally. I can feel the smooth, cool texture of the glass and the warmth of the light passing through into shadows. The journey to the end result gives me such a rush that I hurry back to do it all over again!”
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.
The themes I explore are rooted in everyday items and spaces we interact with. Objects that inhabit our living spaces or the cityscapes / landscapes we traverse through daily without much consideration. These spaces and objects are expressed using the natural opposition related to near/far, light/dark spaces and the shapes they inherently describe.
I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas. Center stage in my art is the figure - an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I'm not in search of exact representation. I'm intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These plus color, bring the emotion to the painting.
Art provides the opportunity to capture and share the spirit and personality of a subject, whether animate or not. I like to isolate what seams common and recreate it in a different light, all the while, creating a source of emotion and cause for reflection from the viewer. In my travels and at home, the flavors of people that I encounter definitely inspire my work. I am also lucky to have the beauty of the Ozarks as subject matter any time I wish!