I have been interpreting visual art most of my life. I have enjoyed a full career as a hair stylist and began refocusing my love of color and design into painting. My concerns as an artist are in transition. My work reflects my love of nature and my attempt to interpret the awe it inspires in me. But it also reflects my growing concern for abstraction, exploring lines, color, and form without reference to the representational content. I move back and forth between abstraction and content, learning from each approach.
Realism through detail gives way to more abstract representations of these themes, as I allow the viewer to get to the essence and simplicity of the image. I am at heart captivated by nature and through life and my art, feel a deep connection with landscape and seascape, light and color. It is a rich well from which I continue to draw. I find the balance between abstraction and realism in my works deeply haunting and satisfying.
My media of choice are oil pastel, stick, and paint, however I continue to challenge myself with new media. At times I will use a brush, but after working with oil pastels, I have found greater expression using my fingers and a razor blade. I paint on various surfaces to create different looks and textures. I work quickly, but also return to a piece over time as my understanding of it develops.