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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)
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