The objective of my work is to convey a journey. Viewers are invited to enter, move, and make their own discoveries. The voyage is encouraged through bold brushwork, contrast, vibrant color and dramatic design. The discovery is unique to each individual but my goal is to appeal to the senses, emotions, and intellect. Specifically the feelings of joy, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind, where the feeling is transferred to others the viewer comes in contact with.
Painting is an interaction with each brush stroke. The act of painting necessitates a high degree of energy and awareness. The sequential layers of paint and markings reveal a new surface history. My paintings are combinations of acrylic, charcoal, and oil pastels layered between acrylic mediums on gallery wrap canvas. I pour, mark, drip, lift, brush, scrape, build and erode the surface. The resulting work is an internal response to the external world.
As an abstract colorist, my interest is in the painting process and specifically, in the challenge of reflecting emotions through value, color, texture, shape, movement, and line.
I have been painting for many years and work out of my Anchorage studio. Some of the artists that have inspired me are Wayne Thiebaud, Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler, Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell, and Richard Diebenkorn.