ARTIST’S STATEMENT 2018
I feel fortunate to be an artist with an inner dialogue who can draw.
The sources that generate paintings include emotional responses to world events, to technology, to artwork I see, to personal experiences, to people I meet, to my reality. The subject matter is always an individual figure, most often a woman whom I have drawn. My women are actors or witnesses or myself.
Currently, I begin with an invented relationship between a human figure and a technological object, most often a cell phone or maybe a drone. Portraying a woman without a cell phone is unrealistic to me, so I add one. The women in my paintings are "real" in that they begin with a live figure study. The gesture of the figure and the object generates the composition. The human figure manifests the rest of the painting. Starting from a sketch on canvas or a digital drawing, I make formal art choices until it is complete. The painting process reveals the final image and it is always new to me at its completion.
This is also true of my digital paintings. I photograph paintings in progress, upload to a computer, continue to paint and draw, and then print the final image. The result is many prints and one painting.