"Artists are apostles of beauty". That is what I heard Pope Francis say in an interview and I agree wholeheartedly. It sums up my philosophy about my work. Oftentimes, when I am in my studio it seems like I am in a sacred place, a place of reverence that commands my full attention. All other distractions eventually fade away and I am totally in the moment, and in the Zen-like place where I can create.
My artwork consists of mixed media paintings on panel, and combine the media of drawing and painting. The finished artwork merges the styles of abstraction and realism. When I begin a new piece, I do not have a finished composition in mind. My first step is to create an inviting surface that stimulates my imagination. This first step is done by painting an abstract design that I will later use for my figures. It is the stage on which my subject performs.
To start a new painting, I decide on a figure or figures that interest me, choose one of my prepared panels that have an abstract design and then loosely block in the figures with colored pencils or a brush with watered down acrylic. I move quickly and loosely block in a beginning composition.
My process is like a free form, improvisational dance where the dancers make up the moves as they dance. When I go into my studio, I try to let go and trust my instincts. My aim is to surprise myself and ultimately surprise the viewer, to produce work that is full of life and energy, and is both expressive and aesthetically pleasing.
What is my work about? Movement, freedom and life force inspire me and because people and animals abound in these qualities, they are my primary subjects. My artwork is usually not dark but it is emotional. In fact, I consider many of my paintings to be my "happy dance". Sometimes I think the work is a reclamation of my child within or inner child, a psychological concept denoting a person's original or true self.
Art uplifts, enriches and transforms our lives and our lived in environments. We need beauty in our lives. I appreciate when people tell me my work is beautiful, healing and "full of feminine energy". There is a Navaho prayer that talks of “walking in beauty” all of our days. This Native American concept of The Beauty Way is a piece of ancient wisdom sorely needed in our contemporary world. My purpose is to create beautiful works of art that will last my lifetime and beyond and to share my vision with my viewers and collectors.
In Beauty May I Walk- A Navajo Prayer
In beauty may I walk
All day long may I walk
Through the returning seasons may I walk
Beautifully will I possess again
Beautifully joyful birds
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk
With dew about my feet may I walk
With beauty may I walk
With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk
In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.