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Artist's Statement ~
Through my work, I share my experience of universal themes and hope to express love, joy, peace and passion through meditative landscape paintings, expressive figurative paintings, or 3-D works of functional art such as a piece of furniture. My inspiration may include the sight of an expansive sky or a touching moment of the day. My life and artwork are spiritually guided and I begin each day in my studio with a prayer and a sense of gratitude.
A view of water is a common theme in my work . The beach, local coastal dune lakes, and even rain showers are places of reflection, contemplation, peaceful solitude and great beauty as I reach for focus and personal balance. Wonderful vistas seen during walks in our beautiful coastal Florida Panhandle communities, abstract ideas from daily life, the beautiful organic lines of nature and the human form all compel me to create art.
Artist’s Studio, Materials, and Method of Work ~
My formats vary according to place and mood. I may orient a picture horizontally to suggest stillness and peacefulness, vertically to suggest a scene of hope and contemplation, or a square format for a sense of energy. I generally paint with an analogous paint palette to restrict color, while focusing upon a harmony of shape and form, in an effort to create immediate balance in my works. While I explore as many materials and methods as possible, I prefer traditional materials such as oil paints. I remember the aroma of oil paint from my mother’s studio and that comforts me.
I sometimes isolate form and shape in delineation, such as in outline, because I associate this style with the historic design of stained glass that I so love in its sense of light, transparency and spirituality. On a subconscious level, I prefer pleasing natural and organic shape in both 2-D and 3-D works of art in juxtaposition to a more tense and angular form associated with artificial and manufactured objects.
Artist’s Background ~
A native of Mississippi, I am an artist who lives at idyllic Lake Powell, near scenic Hwy. 30-A in the Florida Panhandle. Having developed a deep love of the area throughout my lifetime, my spouse and I decided to make Florida our home in 2009. In 2016, my career path returned me the creation of works of art, full-time, following professional dance, visual merchandising, furniture design, art gallery ownership, retail store ownership, and professional interior design practice of 20 years (some simultaneously). I am grateful for all of my many blessings and experiences but I must say that I am happiest in my studio.
Thank you for considering my work and please contact me with any questions.