Size: 14"W x 17"H x 0.05"D
Year Created: 1997
While we were still living in Los Angeles, I attended many life drawing groups. Ten or twelve artists shared a model. Sometimes I used pastel. Other times, I used acrylics. This one was done in reddish brown Conte crayon (a hard chalk) on white acid-free drawing paper. This was a relatively short pose, probably ten minutes.
I have been painting and drawing seriously since 1987. I employ visual art, including painting, drawing, and photography, as a medium for personal exploration.I took many art classes in college in the 60s, but at that time my focus was on writing. After my daughter was born, I had a hunger for silence--literal and metaphorical. I engaged in a spiritual search, but nothing was satisfying until I started to paint. I was amazed when dealers showed an interest in my early works. I started attending uninstructed drawing groups at Barnsdall Art Center in LA. I stayed away from teachers, Since the beginning I have worked in series. My pieces inform one another. Two of my major series include a group of paintings of the Arroyo Seco Bridges (Pasadena, CA) and a smaller set of works based on cross-bedded sandstones in Walnut Canyon (AZ). (My profile picture was taken at a winery in Palisade, Colorado near my home in the Grand Valley)