My paintings on this site are: Non-Objective Abstracts, Abstract Landscapes & Treescapes 2012-20, the Scotland series and Spiritual Journey: An Art Narrative 2019-20. Each body of work has a different raison d’etre; therefore there is a difference in the artist statements.
Chaos & Calm. The year 2020 was one of the most extraordinary years of chaos in our country, our lives and our world. We have had to endure a pandemic and a toxic political environment that has divided our country. I have tried to visually record or journal what I feel throughout all of this. Many days in 2020 and now into 2021 have been chaotic, but then sometimes I am able to tap into some much needed calmness, thus the name Chaos & Calm
In this developing body of work, layers of color reflect my changing mood in this series of paintings, with kinetic, spontaneous mark making reflecting what is happening daily. Each painting is named for the day the marks were added on to the background color of the painting.
Non-Objective Abstracts. With my abstract landscapes, my work is informed by the outside world. My non-objective abstracts are coming from what is inside of me. When I work on these paintings I have no preconceived imagery. It is very intuitive for me. I am intrigued by energy in the universe. Scientists say energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. I think about where all of the energy goes when people pass out of this world — how does it change from one form to another and what does that life energy go through? This body of work is an expression of channeling my feelings and thoughts about those questions into my work.
Abstract Landscapes & Treescapes. Through my most recent abstract landscapes, I try to visually interpret what I have seen and experienced throughout the world. I am drawn to the fluid relationship between water, sky and earth. I feel that the ever-changing moody skies give way to a constant play of light and dark upon the earth and water.
Some of my earlier abstract landscapes were inspired by the aging stone in eroding walls, buildings and other structures. I see things in the stone surface – an abstract landscape, an atmosphere, other worlds. I feel this work resonates with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which celebrates the beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the decay that time, weather and nature leave behind. I see the beauty in the aging stone and try to convey that in my paintings.
For many years I have photographed trees in the late fall and throughout the winter. Now I paint what I have seen. I am attracted to the stark lines and the texture of the trees and how they look against a grey sky and in the snow. There is a visceral feeling I experience with the leafless trees and I try to communicate that in my paintings, whether it is a single tree or an entire forest. My treescapes are moody and contemplative. Some of the paintings invite you to walk through the trees while others stand as sentries preventing you to go no further.
Scotland Series . This series is inspired by the peaceful, yet rugged, terrain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. A combination of their moors, majestic cliffs, rocky green hillsides, grey skies, calm lakes, fog, rough seas and distant mountains create a transcendental experience for me. There is an overwhelming influence of blue/grey and green/yellow everywhere, peppered with deep browns and creamy whites in the vistas of the Outer Hebrides.
My Process. With all of my paintings, I work with oil on canvas, using primarily oil sticks, palette knives, scrapers and any tools that give me the texture and surface I want. With some of my paintings, I start with a ground of ceramic stucco to increase the tactile quality. I build layers of paint until the painting develops a rich history and texture. I want the viewer to see the artist’s hand in my work. I try to court the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there.That is when the painting becomes what it wants to be.
I think of all of my paintings as peaceful and otherworldly with a sense of mystery. I want the viewer of my art to feel like they can walk through my paintings and have a never-ending journey.