“My art mostly evolves around land, trees, and light -- that is where I find centering.”
Having a strong bond with nature, I try to protect the environment and I garden organically. In 1995, after many years of painting abstractly, land imagery emerged in an orchard painting titled Healing Life.
Today, the imagery I create is spontaneous depicting feeling, quality of light, air, wind and movement. I use soft-pastel drawing, oil and gouache painting, and relief printing.
Recording observations and expressing myself through hand tools and color is integral to my life. This process is about working through chaos to calm. I do know that new understanding awakens.
Linocuts have become a way of drawing. I quickly sketch the image, cut it and step indoors to pull a proof. The first proof is always the most exciting to see as I am always intrigued at the linoleum-knife's cutting ability to express textural energy and movement in a print.
Soft-pastels take more organization and must be created on dry days with bright light. Messy, as I use my fingers to blend the pigment into the sanded paper, every several hours I must take a break to wash my hands. I sketch the basic shapes then fill in the planes of color. Generally, I only work three layers of color and marks with fixative between each layer. Recently I have realized that larger images trimmed into several smaller artworks have intimate, window-focused qualities that have a large impact. I like the longevity quality of the pastel medium with its' fresh and lively retention of color.
Oils are challenging. I gesso and lay base color onto each hand stretched canvas. That assures that the undercoating is thoroughly dry before I begin painting. Some paintings can take years to resolve, others only a day. I am always surprised when a painting is complete. Sometimes, just when I think I am beginning I find I am ending. At that point, all planning is tossed to the wind and I step back wondering how and why.
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