Painting is an activity for my mind, body and soul that I look forward to every day. I adore abstract art and have dived into the deep end of the acrylic paint pool and love it. I have committed to building a diverse series of abstract paintings for solo, small group, and national shows at a variety of art galleries. I’ve had numerous pieces juried into national Art Gallery shows, along with currently have many of my originals for sale at a local co-op art gallery in West Virginia.
My mother was a fine artist way before I was even born. She introduced me to art as a young child. I had my own sketch pad, charcoals, pastel crayons, water colors and a small camera. We used to go to local parks and sit on a bench while drawing. I went on to get an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1984. After retiring from a 16 year Graphic Design career, I became a professional horse trainer and instructor. I rediscovered my passion for painting and photography over the years.
I love abstract art because it’s purely open to the interpretation of the viewer. Which makes the meaning of each piece very personal. I approach art intuitively. My creative process consists of setting out all of my paints from which I randomly select colors as the painting evolves. I never know what direction it will go in. Sometimes a work is done in one day, and other times it evolves over many weeks. Selecting a title is easy, the painting simply speaks to me.
I push out of the boundaries of the typical “color theories” and deliberately choose colors that “clash”. Deep, dark and bold with bright accents is my trademark for a modern expressionism. I aim for my art to be unconventional in color, texture and balance. If something starts to look too “pretty” I impulsively have to distort it into an awkward beauty. For beauty fades and all we have left is the soul.