I like to use the expression, “I’m painting to find out,” because each new work is an exploration to better understand color, composition, paint application and expression.
I am a painter who works in oils, acrylics and mixed media collage. My paintings are about the relationship between objects. They are saturated with rich color and layered brush strokes. I prefer painting from life and set up elaborate still-life arrangements.
I begin most paintings with line. My charcoal drawing becomes the armature that searches for the architecture of the composition. Then comes the blocking-in of big areas of color. I often go back to using line in order to push the composition further. It’s a dance between line, color and form, a kind of choreography.
My studio is a reflection of my personality. It is a balance between a creative sanctuary and a meeting ground for artists to share our creative process using a common artistic language. More than just a place to paint, it's my "other home," a "room of my own."
I fill my studio with the things that inspire my creativity: a library of art books, files filled with collage material, shelves filled with still life objects and piles of interesting textiles, and always music, music and more music.
My work is influenced by everything around me. Every morning before coming to the studio I walk my dogs on the conservation land and breath in the colors of the seasons. I take this back to the studio with me. This is what informs and inspires my work.