ARTIST’S STATEMENT 2020
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. Recent paintings address the loss of half of the trees in the Sierra foothills
due to the effects of drought. Burn Days, when one is allowed to burn branches are a subject of recent paintings.
New work also includes an oil painting-a-day of female figures sometimes with a dog. Drawings from live models serve as touchstones to begin many paintings. 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 people 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.