I love what I do. There is nothing but the act of painting itself that brings more satisfaction to my soul. There is no anger or frustration, only the emotional output of creative energy being guided through my hand.
Each board, being a fresh page, begins with the layering of colors that has become the trademark of my work. Strings of paint are applied to the surface with a pallet knife and drawn one thru another to explore the assemblage of reconstructed colors and hues. During this process texture and depth is achieved as the layers become distressed by various techniques which I have created thru exploration of the surface.
The energy captured in my work is reliant upon music. While not considered a tool as such, music is an integrated part of the entire process. While painting, I aim to create and unify dissimilar elements that might not otherwise stand alone. I keep watch on the evolution, encouraging it to grow while allowing for balance. In the end, it’s all about controlled magic!
Life goes through many changes as does the creativity of the painter. With more than 30 years of experimentation, I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't been drawing, painting or creating. As I developed as an artist, I branched out to Interior Designers who brought customers requesting decorated furniture, stenciling, murals, faux finishing and much more. Another creative change led me to Chanticleer Pottery where I learned that long hours of repetitious work can sharpen your techniques. All of the years I spent building a portfolio of painted furniture, Orchid Botanicals and decorated walls has created the backbone for my current work. Pierre-Joseph Redoute's books educated me in botanicals. The Art of the Painted Finish, by Isabel O'Neil, and Decorative Techniques with Jocasta Innes taught me furniture painting. A chest of drawers - now in London, England - was based on a
Neoclassical commode circa 1770 from a book by Florence de Dampierre, and two chests of drawers, now in Paris, France, were completely painted on three sides and the top using Charles Wysocki as my guide. All these years of living with art has given me a rich wealth of experience and exploration in various medias.
Presently, I use color - layers and layers of color and texture to create and unify other dissimilar elements that might otherwise not stand alone. I stop short of the immediately recognizable - leaving room for the interpretation and exploration by the viewer.
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