Painting is my visual and tactile response to form, color, texture and nature’s design as I see it in my daily life. It is intensely personal. My approach to painting may be analytical or casually instinctive but there is always an ongoing ‘dialogue’ between the canvas and me as the painting evolves. I have learned to ‘read’ what my paintings are saying to me and to allow for the weeks or even months of considerable thought, decision making and self-critique that may be required before a painting is finished.
While searching for the visual statement I want to make, I also consider the inner visions of my mind. I often dream extraordinary visual concepts--stimulating me to match in reality those images seen in my subconscious mind. Often a painting will start from a clearly conceived mental picture which acts as a ‘jumping off point’. Whether involved in a painting experience, a collage, textiles, or design, I continue to explore not only the message in the image but also the surface quality of the canvas. Rich impasto brush work and energetic linear elements may be joined by unusual textural additives or other unexpected media.
Along with color - a primary element in my paintings - the emotional impact of the subject and even the paint itself is important to me. Vibrant color creatives energy which flows from me, as artist, via the paint to the image. This energy is expressed primarily through paint texture, exciting brushwork and color: vivid, commanding and very individualistic. The resulting dynamics show a continuing search for visual solutions to the external world around me and the internal questions I have about it.
University of Arizona
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975