Size: 10"W x 8"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2017
ABOUT "EARLY SPRING"
It's February and I'm astounded it's 72 degrees in this stereotypically cold month of winter. I'm a runner and, as I wind my way around the neighborhood, I'm seeing daffodils in droves -- did I mention it's February? As I ran today and looked at the early-arriving flowers, I was taken with their pure, vibrant greens and buttery yellows. I got home and picked up a paint brush.
MY VIEWS ON ART
I view art as a portal to another reality. When you look at a painting -- a good painting -- you're drawn in and transported to another place. Ever so briefly, you're taken in by the piece, lost in its sea of color, depth, and emotion. For the briefest moment, you experience something else -- a different reality. My goal is for my paintings to draw you in and ask yourself, "What does this mean? Where am I as 'enter' this piece?"
When I look at my paintings, I know I'm finished if the piece "takes" me somewhere. There's a completeness, a sense of balance and harmony. When I don't feel that balance, I know the painting isn't ready.
I am a traveler at heart, and I try to spend as much time as possible reaching the far corners of the earth to be inspired by the awesome beauty that's out there. My paintings are a reflection of photos I've taken that capture my glimpse into "the other side." I aim for my artwork to reach and beg contemplation of the thin veil that connects this material world to the ethereal. Whether abstract or landscape, I aim for a sense and feeling of crossing over. I've painted my entire life and earned two master's degrees in psychology. I am self-taught, though I've dedicated as much time to studying art as I did to both degrees!