Size: 6"W x 12"H x 0.125"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
View from my deck in Kansas City. I'm fascinated by the lacy texture of tree leaves against a night sky.
Crafted using the finest quality pastels on archival 140lb paper and shipped in a black frame with a white mat. Signed by the artist.
I'm professionally trained and have my Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking, from the Kansas City Art Institute. I also studied at Memphis College of Art and minored in graphic communication at St. Louis Community College. My background in non profit arts administration and teaching youth keeps my perspective playful. My many years of experience in the deadline filled print and graphic design industry reminds me to appreciate the calm solitude of fine art studio work. Growing up in the rolling hills of Missouri, I've traveled to most states in the U.S. and painted along the way. I love being in nature and try to visit state parks along my travel routes. I began my current series of works in the winter when the thermometer read -5. I longed for weekends at the lake and to drive winding roads around mountains and blooming meadows. I work mostly in my studio, using field studies and photo references pulled from places I have visited. In creating these works, I sometimes embrace, sometimes abandon color theory while building an ever growing alphabet of marks that represent foliage, trees, buildings and the sky. I juxtapose these marks with textures, tones, and line to build a compressed space, create the illusion of great distances, and generate an energized surface crackling with potential. My line quality and color palette is heavily tainted by early Warner Brother's animation. I know that my love for stacked perspective is drawn from the hours I've spent playing with pop-up books while working at the Nelson Museum bookstore back in the early 90's. Other artistic influences in random order include: - the Caldacott Medal winning illustrations I saw during the weekly readings by my elementary school librarian, - my grandmother’s junk/treasure drawer, - the radio show “This American Life,” - object collections in small town cultural and history museums, - and artists Edward Gorey, Shell Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Joseph Cornell, Eva Hess, Wayne Thiebaud, Edouard Vuillard, and Hundertwasser.