My work crosses a broad range from serene to wild – from monochromatic paper collage to vivid and highly textured mixed media paintings with found objects and acrylics. My pieces may encompass the symbolism of women’s spirituality, or my love of the earth and our natural environment, or the lyric and magic of a place like Monhegan Island, Maine.
I enjoy working and experimenting with textures and new techniques. It is the uncertainty and search for new techniques and exciting combinations of color that keeps me burning with passion to “do art”. I am frequently asked how I come up with some of the images and pairings of materials – the answer is always that these are not from a clear, conscious place but rather something that bubbles up out of the subconscious – a remembering of an ancient symbol, or an image seen or felt in a dream.
More recently I have begun working with watercolors because I love the flow of colors one into the other. My goal is not to recreate a scene or an apple, but rather to capture the mood or feeling of a time and/or place.
I’ve come to realize that when the Muse stings me, I am powerless to concentrate on anything else until I have exhausted whatever theme she is tickling me with. It might be a color combination, a song lyric or the title of a book, or something less specific, a feeling that just has to be explored with different kinds of materials. I am grateful for every one of her little, and sometimes not so gentle, stings.
My art often expresses that which I am unable to verbalize.
Exhibited in Good Purpose Gallery November 18, 2016 – February 21, 2017. She has since passed on.