Working the materials that create the rendering, my
attention is not only to technical execution, but
watching for that visceral response that conveys
emotion. Even as I consider source material--be they
from life, from photographs, even from memory or
imagination--I am scanning everything to solve for
myself what keeps my curiosity. Where does my eye
land repeatedly? Why? Where do my thoughts wander
to with repetition? Then the question shifts to whether I
want to bring this forward--If I do, then, by what means?
Some are boldly presented, but increasingly I choose
something more subtle, teasing.
How long does it take to bring a piece to canvas?
Literally some things take all of one's living, because so much of life
has to be experienced then examined, to be translated visually.
On the other hand, not every piece is an “end all” statement--that
gets too heavy anyways. Painting is but necessary process: The joy of
doing, the joy of creating, the joy of play.
Alternatively, it is discipline. To developing the concepts, figuring out
how to keep it fresh, original, uniquely one’s own. Then working,
painting daily, addressing questions of technicality, pressing a process
to achieve a skill development--even the exercise of being "non-
representational" is process, the same as executing an accurate and
true representation such as a classic portraitist must do. I can do,
have done, both, preferring to work somewhere in-between; a bit
surreal sometimes, a bit expressionist other times. I enjoy mixing it
up. Regardless the viewer's age, I hope there is some fresh perception
born in the viewer, a connection is forged.
History…or Her Story:
Age being addressed, I've lived long enough to finish
several levels of credentialed education, none in art,
though as a youngster I was recognized as gifted and
awarded a year of special education within a museum
classroom setting. That experience actually served to
turn me "off" art, and my creativity was applied in other
settings, with great practicality. I am also old enough to
have had that “professional” career, raised that sweet
family to maturity, even lived abroad on several
occasions. In 2010 I seriously started asking myself if I still
"had it," If I did, what did I want to do with it? Where did
I want to take it? The results are here for you to see,
both in retrospect, and in development.
Thank you for your viewing. Like any artist, I enjoy feedback
on my work so do share your comments.
• How has it touched you in the sharing?
Art is meant to be conversational.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece, an email would be
greatly appreciated, and I will follow up with/for details. I also
like to eat—LOL! That does trigger the “visceral” in me!
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