Size: 8"W x 10"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
The figure is my favorite subject matter to paint. Not just for its complexity in anatomy, shadows and form but for its relationship to our identity of self. Draw a quick gesture of a figure and our minds fill in the rest of the story, typically, relating to our own personal experiences.
This is why I always find it difficult to title my work and try to keep it as simple as possible. What is simply a painting of three figures may represent a story of isolation and loneliness between three people to one person or a story of growing friendship between three people to someone else.
Ultimately I want the viewer to relate to the image in a personal and unique way.
There were few possibilities that life would lead me to, but for a career in the arts. My first love was in dance which I studied intensely. Through college I studied ballet, design, drawing and painting, but I also learned the art of stained glass. After graduation I lived in Seattle and worked for an architectural glass studio working with large fused glass installation pieces. I also worked for seven years in costuming for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and learned a lot about the body. Through all of this I have continued to develop my painting and drawing skills. For the last ten years or more I have focused solely on a painting and drawing career and in developing work that captures my thinking.