I paint to evoke emotion, capturing moments in each painting. Emotions stimulate memories. With a memory, our imagination starts to play by adding sounds, smells, details, wishes, and dreams.
I am in love with oil paint and the lushness of colors that I mix. Get up close to one of my paintings to find the details and then, step back, to see the life in my brush strokes. The decisions that are made once I have an image in mind have to do with size and scale. The image, not the marketability, determines the final size of a piece. Part of my creative drive is wondering how the painting will evolve. There are no dots to connect; no map to follow.
My formal training in Art began at the University of California, and then, in later years my skill-set was recalibrated at the University of Washington. I rely heavily on my training; artistic risks are balanced by my strong foundation.
Being a representational painter and an avid reader, I look for hints from the works and words of my great living mentor, American artist Wayne Thiebaud. He, too, loves detail. Works of the French Edouard Manet and Edouard Vuillard can make me swoon. And, the bold brush strokes of American George Bellows reach my heart. I get absorbed reading biographies of their lives, and learn from choices they made or were forced to do.
I have a deep sense of purpose to create beauty for others, and pass along those traits.
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