Size: 9"W x 18"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2009
Ready to Hang
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. Dance was my first love, however painting won out. I studied Modern dance and then Ballet when I was young. Perhaps if I had been introduced to the art of the Flamenco dance early on then painting wouldn't have stood a chance. This form of dance resonates within my soul. I do love to paint, and trying to capture the passion that is Flamenco within my paintings is a sort of dance in itself.
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.