Tell us about your work?
My work is a visual journey, exploring what calls me, often those things which bring me joy or contemplation. My work is spiritual, color saturated with symbolic and natural elements.
What mediums have you worked in and which is your favorite?
I have worked in oil, soft pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, gouche, pen and ink, charcoal, textile, collage, colored pencil, mixed media, photography and assemblage. My favorite is whatever I am working in at the moment to get the effect I desire – ok pastel, no, acrylic, see I can’t play favorites.
How did you get started?
My early memories include painting in kindergarten, as a child I recall many summers drawing on a huge chalk board under a tree. I was always crafting and creating. I began oil painting with master artists when I was 13 years old. I began selling art at 15 in a gift store.
Who has influenced/inspired your art work?
As my work evolves those artists who influence me change. I began as a teen artist drawn to Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh, Impressionists, Brackman followed by many years while a young mother adoring Renoir, and Cassatt then Bouguereau. My work circa 1990 reflects these interests seen here. Then Turner, Waterhouse ….. and the list grows with more contemporary artists and variations of style. I call my work a visual journey encompassing inspirations in my life; family, friends, travel, nature, meals, introspection, books, art, music and worship. Influences and inspiration are daily occurrences, experienced through all of the senses.
You have written about how music and rhythm influence your work…tell us a little more.
I am always intrigued at how all of the arts inspire and influence one another. Masterpieces encompass multiple art forms; performance, film, fine art, music, dances, etc. Interestingly rhythms in one art form like music can inspire rhythms or creativity in another form like fine art or dance. Rhythm usually brings music or dance to mind, yet it plays more than one part in the life of visual artists. Often I will listen to the same music or series of songs while working on a piece of art. Music sets a mood. We rely on all of our senses to create and music can be stimulating even intoxicating as we inhabit our own world of creation. I play particular music to accommodate looseness in my motions to carry through to the work or another style of music for more detailed concentration. The movements I make in creating can carry the rhythm of what I hear. Many titles to my works of art reference music.
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