I paint images that suggest a presence in an environment or an absence of one and evoke an emotional response.
Art making is an activity that documents my creative and critical thinking and takes the form of visual poetry.
My works are abstracted portraits of places experienced, spaces navigated and those imagined.
Layers of water-based pigment build the color intensity; define the form and allow light as a subject to give meaning.
Each deep, rich hue is created through a series of washes, one transparent layer over another building in intensity until the maximum color saturation is reached.
I always work in a series, some of which are entitled: “Redwoods and water loops”, “Empty spaces”, “Trees and light” and “Sky in a box”.
My camera is with me most days and is used as another tool for observing nature, but I never work directly from a photograph when I paint. In addition, I draw from a model every week, and this allows me to practice, develop and maintain a keen sense of observation and to successfully build values in a composition. Photographing and drawing the world around me are critical parts of my art making process.
Even though watercolor is my primary medium, I was formally trained in fine art printmaking, and it took me several years to learn to paint like a painter, not like a printmaker. In 2015 I had a retrospective exhibition, which included drawings, prints and paintings from the last three decades. This awakened a desire to again allow the white of the paper to become a powerful positive shape in my paintings, reexamining the dialog between positive and negative shapes. My new series is appropriately called, “In Between”, as I spend half the year in northern California and half the year in southeastern Wisconsin.