I start by using various tools to sculpt, shape and build up a surface and texture. Materials I use include many layers of acrylic paint, plaster, and graphite markings. The appearance and feel of a painting can change drastically several times as my work continues. The process of discovering a harmony of texture and color is very exciting for me. I am often delighted by what is revealed when selected areas are carved and scraped away. Or, when new colors and textures are applied. After many surprises with addition and subtraction, a piece eventually comes to completion.
This present style of abstract painting evolved from my experience of doing plein-air landscape painting and faux painting for several years. Over time, I became increasingly fascinated with the unlimited abstractions, both natural and man made, which are all around us. I have found inspiration in such surfaces as weathered walls or sidewalks, in the play of light on a meadow, or in the folds of a piece of fabric.
My work is currently being shown in these galleries:
Hourglass Gift Gallery
The Globe Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico