Landscape is the center focus of my work in all medium. Imagery from nature is combined with an extreme color palette to make an “invented landscape”. I want the viewer to reflect on the relationship of the vast horizons, plain, and skies to evoke a quiet serenity and to create an emotional reaction. Many of my themes reflect the Taoist concept of solitude and reflection as the source of healing the soul. My work generally begins from photos but I then introduce much looser forms that come from the imagination and are inspired by natural forms.
I have had the opportunity to live in many regions of the United States. The scenes are from my experiences and travels around the United States and abroad. I work to constantly evaluate and learn the characteristics of the mediums and push the limits at both ends. Inspiration comes from experiences and changes within me as they mirror the transformation of nature and the geography around me. A deepened exploration of the landscape as subject matter challenges me to make some sense of the beauty of the earth. I express the life energy of the landscape with gestured application of the medium. This freedom is juxtaposed against areas of intricate, detailed passages. An atmospheric light quality created with earth tones and high contrast gives the paintings a glow that reflects the promise that exists in the cycle of nature.
With each series I continue to expand my frame of reference and comment on the significant changes in the world. The abstracts are also an interpretation of the landscape using degrees of color, form and texture to serve as ancillary to the theme to reveal my relationship to the place. The place I am addressing is a place that only exists in the painting itself. I want to reproduce the energy and space of the natural environment, representing, rather than painting an exact landscape, and pull out details that I find compelling. Sometimes the landscape is cleared out and barely anything is left and sometimes the space is dense with detail.
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Exhibitions and Activities
- 54tTH ANNUAL SPRING OPEN EXHIBITION
- Louisiana Coffee Painting Workshop
- 2015 Spring Show
- 2014 Annual Spring Open Show
- February 2014 One06 Exhibit
- "Starry November Night" 2013 Show at the 106 >
- "A Piece of Louisiana" Show and Sale - August/September 2013
- Jubilee! 50-Year Celebration!
- Brews Arts Festival 2013
- Tangi Tourist Commission Obelisk Restoration 2012
- Louisiana Reflections
- Art in April 2012
- Jubilee Slideshow
- Slide Show 2011
- Spring 2011 Guild Picnic
- Brews Arts Festival 2011
- HAG Board Business
- Prospectus for May 2016 Exhibition
- Tangipahoa Tourist Commission Exhibit September 1 -30, 2015
- Coffee Painting Information
- 54th Annual Spring Show 2016
- Plein Air Painting
- HAG Spring Show Prospectus
- Judge for Spring Show Mark Blitickof