Painting for me is the joyful process of organizing colors, shapes, lines and textures. Although I do paint representational pieces, I define myself as an abstract/non-representational artist. Sometimes my paintings have references in nature; sometimes my works have no reference points other than what’s in my mind and heart and hands. I try to connect reality, memory and imagination.
I use water media paints such as inks, dyes and acrylics, but also sand, paint skins, and collage. I use spatulas, rollers, palette knives, hair picks, plastic forks, cardboard and yes, my fingers… to create vitality colors and textures. I delight in layering paints, scraping them back to reveal under colors, lifting colors, letting colors run happily into each other. I frequently mix my colors directly on the canvas rather than use a palette. My first application of colors in an abstract, however, is only the beginning. I work and work and work again until I am happy with what I have created.
In 1995, I began painting impressionist portraits and landscapes in oils. Later, I leaned toward abstract naturalism in watercolors. Now, I use mixed media to create vivid abstract/non-representational art. I hope people will say, “Wow, I remember a place or a dream or a feeling like that!” I hope people will always have pleasure in looing at my paintings.