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Born an artist, I am self-taught with the privilege of having several gifted mentors throughout my artistic career. I am primarily a painter, starting with watercolor in my early teenage years. Early work was created in a traditional realist style, working with pastel, charcoal, pen and ink before moving into watercolor. About 15 years ago I began experimenting with alternative art media including rubber stamps, letter forms, collage, book making, and three-dimensional forms. This experimentation led to the use of acrylic paint and inks in my artistic development of a more abstract vision.

Recent paintings involve acrylic paint used as a fluid calligraphic wash for the underpainting, with brush strokes worked over top to reflect an abstract movement or expression. Rather than using a traditional canvas surface, I work on heavy weight watercolor paper with a gesso primer. The way the paintings appear to float off the surface of the paper enhances the overall effect of the work once framed. My work is energetic and vibrant, and I paint using many thin layers of acrylic to achieve the glow and depth that my pieces are known for. Scraping back through layers of wet paint allows me to incorporate calligraphic lines and letter forms throughout the work, providing yet more depth and interest. I have also begun to add collage and more dimensional objects to my paintings, working on a substrate of wood or stretched canvas. Acrylic is worked under and over the collage elements, fusing the painting with texture and ephemera.

Member of Visual Arts of Chautauqua Institute (VACI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent shows & exhibits:
• VACI Members show, Chautauqua Institute,
Chautauqua NY, August 2012

Paintings are currently carried by:
• Old Town Gallery, Cimarron, NM
• Cimarron Art Gallery, Cimarron, NM

Historical Document
11x14 canvas, mixed media acrylic painting
Showing at Old Town Gallery, Cimarron, NM

Canyon Flow
19x25 acrylic painting, framed
NFS

Critical Marx
18x24 canvas, mixed media acrylic painting
Showing at Old Town Gallery, Cimarron, NM

Reach
17x21 acrylic painting, framed
$275

After Midnight
12x16 acrylic painting, framed
$125

Bend
17x21 acrylic painting, framed
$275

The First Garden
16x20 mixed media acrylic painting, framed

Pattern of Behavior
8x10 canvas, mixed media acrylic painting
Showing at Old Town Gallery, Cimarron, NM

Works Sold

Downfall
12x16 acrylic painting, framed

Once In A Blue Muse #1
20x24 mixed media acrylic painting, framed

It Looked Good On Paper
16x20 canvas, mixed media acrylic painting

Hearsay
5x7 triptych canvas, mixed media acrylic painting

     

Once In A Blue Muse #2
20x24 mixed media acrylic painting, framed