I have been painting for the past 25 years. My subject matter has varied over that time, but I always find my way back to painting images of flowers. The varieties of colors and abstract shapes always presented me with a challenge like no other subject matter could.
I’ve always been fascinated by our various uses for flowers in everyday life and how we display them. From births to deaths, and everything in between, a gift of flowers convey a wide range of emotion and meaning. My paintings are small vignettes of the corners and spaces that flowers inhabit after they’ve been picked, gathered, and displayed. I purchase various printed fabrics to serve as a sort of wallpapered background for the imagery. I prime the fabric with a clear UV gel to get a better painting surface and to increase longevity. Then I use acrylic paint to render the subject matter.
I have always been drawn to artists who simplified their subject matter. Some artists who have inspired me are Marsden Hartley, Odilon Redon, and Giorgio Morandi. The still–life painting always captured my attention more closely than others.
My latest work has inspired me to continue exploring the myriad of possibilities with regard to the blending of background with imagery. Every time I paint I feel like I learn something new from the last painting. I will most likely branch out to other still-life imagery in the future… stay tuned.
Corcoran College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1992