I come from a family of artists, and my artistic roots run deep…at least back to my grandmother who wrote poetry and painted in between her long days of picking cotton in the hot Texas sun. She passed her need to create beauty in her world to my father, who in turn planted those seeds in my brother, sister, and me. As I grew, my life was saturated with art and I never realized what an impact it had made on me until I left home to go my own way. It was several years later that I began to make choices that would lead me to a life of my own in the world of art. A career change from teaching third grade to elementary then middle school art was the biggie as was choosing to leave that career after 23 years to become a full-time artist. I left Texas for Colorado and now live in New York, and all my life’s experiences in these amazing landscapes imbue my art.
I typically paint animals, trees, landscapes, and other aspects of the natural world in bold colors rather than realistic ones. All colors are present all around us, either reflected or absorbed by light. I enjoy showing the possibilities of color around us, and focusing more on the tints, shades and intensities light creates as it passes through, shines on, or is obstructed by the subject of my work at the time. My style can best be described as Modern Impressionism, with Tom Thomson and Van Gogh being top influencers. I strive to impart a sense of joy and happiness in my work, through my expressive use of color, and a feeling of energy and life through repetitive brush strokes to create movement. When choosing my subject, I pick images that reflect a sense of the human experience in non-human embodiments; trees that appear to dance, animal expressions that mirror our own, the positioning of bodies that evoke the love of a mother and her child. I have found these “human” emotions and experiences abound in the natural world if we take time to allow our eyes to be opened and our hearts to connect on a deeper level. My goal in art making is to capture that connectedness, to create a new reality, not completely different, but one that is eye opening as well as soul awakening. To show the normal, everyday from a new perspective. In doing so, I will have ignited a spark, piqued a curiosity, and allowed for that connection. We are both sharing a moment, an encompassing experience rather than a passing one—and that is now out in the world to continue onward.