As a child I was enthralled with nature, in its endless beauty and magic. Consequently, I was filled with a joy for life and began to paint as a way to express and share this love. My early direction developed with bird studies and landscapes, and a feeling for the essential mystery beyond appearances. The influence of visionary art and spiritual practice expanded my view, and I began to add the human figure or likeness as a motif, sometimes rendered more as fluid energy than flesh and bone, as if seeking awareness of itself as indivisible from the whole.
My process starts with sketches in various drawing media or watercolor. On larger panels and canvas, I work primarily with acrylic polymer in a deliberate blend of the pre-planned and spontaneous, using direct observation and my own imagination or memories, and photo references. I paint rapidly in quick drying layers or keep the surface wet indefinitely, removing partially dried areas to promote the chance effect and generate unforeseen forms. A finished painting or print may combine traditional and digital techniques, including inkjet underpainting or collage. I also make hi-fidelity " giclée " reproductions of my artwork in small editions using archival pigment inks on canvas or paper.
Please check my Facebook page or subscribe to my newsletter for the latest exhibit news. My studio is open to the public every month during First Saturday Open Studios and by appointment. Prints can be purchased from this website, and studio purchases of two or more artworks receive a 10% discount. My work is also available on www.saatchiartonline.com. For commissioned work, licensing, illustrations, and custom orders please contact me directly.