ARTIST’S STATEMENT 2019
I feel fortunate to be an artist with an inner dialogue, an inner life, who draws a lot. My artworks come from emotional responses to world events, to technology, to artwork I see, to personal experiences, to friends, to trees, to weather. The subject is always an individual person. I make art from a personal and emotional place. Most recently my images include a cell phone, computer, airplane or drone.
Drawing from a live model, a snapshot, or a memory, I begin a painting. Making a painting is a search for the unifying thread or flow through paint of the three dimensional image on a flat surface. I use images of women who I draw from life. So the "life force" of the painting is that of the individual who is the model. The physical “pose” of the figure generates the composition. An angle of an arm, a turning of a head, begins the rhythmic application of color. Once begun, the painting has a life of its own and can change quite a bit. The process of painting reveals the unified rhythm or flow of the piece and it is always new to me at its completion.
I also make mosaic murals as public art. When designing for a public piece, I most feel a connection to the community.
My view is looking out rather than in. Subjects are influenced by my investigation of the site, the location. I see and learn new
things and meet new people. It is an expansive experience.