Size: 14"W x 18"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"Ad Astral Man" is a play on "To the Stars" and is a mixed media painting. The nude man is done in colored pencil and watercolor on paper, and the space background is done in acrylic. He is either exploring space or being engulfed by it, and as always I want the viewer to decide what the meaning is and in this case, what his fate is. This painting has a simple black composite frame with hanging wire.
Many years ago in the frozen north (Minnesota) I was a talented child drawer. That led to a love of painting that I have had all of my life. I received a degree in illustration while in high school. Later I studied fine arts painting at a MN university and have been painting ever since. I paint mostly in acrylic and watercolors but I also do occasional oil paintings. I do portraits, landscapes, and abstracts, and occasional series like wildlife on abstract backgrounds. I'm very interested in environmental causes and often do paintings about those themes. I sometimes work in a series but ultimately paint what inspires me. Originally from MN, I have also lived in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, North Dakota, and northern Minnesota. I don't really love to move, but I love to travel, especially to central America. Sometimes I interpret my travel photos later as paintings. I now live in the Atlanta Georgia area with my husband and cute dog. My studio is in my home so I can paint at 3:00 am if I want to, and yes, that happens. I'm a night owl painter, because that's often when the magic happens.