Better late than never, was never so true especially when it comes to finding ones passion! Throughout my formative years, I studied art and dreamed of being an artist, but was convinced I couldn’t make a go of it.
After many years of procrastination, my creative adventure began with designing and selling jewelry, it was perfect for me at the time as a stay at home mom. But the urge to paint was strong, even though I’d never done much painting. I always considered my talent to be drawing, and strove for realistic images with a perfectionist zeal. So when I did begin making art again, I was hyper-critical of my efforts.
At this time we were traveling to New Mexico every chance we could get, and I fell in love with the expressionist aspect of the art we were seeing in Santa Fe and Taos. So I decided to sign up for a painting workshop with Stephen Kilborn in Taos. The workshop was abstract watercolor, two things outside my comfort zone! He taught us to focus on simplified shapes and flat planes of color. Little did I know that this way of painting would open the door to a new way of painting, I had found my voice. Inspired by the landscape, I’ve continued to paint scenes of my travels, but am equally inspired by what I see in my own back yard. We now reside in West Texas and recently I had the opportunity to participate in the En Plein Air Texas event in San Angelo, a highlight of my art career. Not only did I jury into this prestigious event, but also won a Judges Choice Award and the San Angelo Museum purchased a piece for their collection. Plein Air painting is now a regular part of my art practice, in addition to my studio work.
In the past few years I’ve participated in several local and regional art shows, with gallery representation at Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery in Buda, Texas, and Mockingbird Handprints in San Antonio, Texas.
Having recently made a move from the big city to living in the small community of Christoval outside of San Angelo in West Texas, I am lucky enough to have my own studio located just out my back door, and visitors are welcome by appointment!
Having created art from the time I was a small child, my first love was drawing and realism. As I grew older I began to appreciate art that was an expression of the artist and have since gravitated to abstraction of my subjects whether a landscape, portrait or inanimate object.
I choose subjects often seen at a glimpse, and use color, line, and shape to convey a sense of movement, inviting viewers to be active participants, and to feel they too are there seeing the scene or object alongside me.
I paint in both watercolor and acrylic mediums, and choose my medium depending on the size or intended mood of the painting. The emphasis in both mediums is the use of saturated color. With my acrylic pieces, I often use a black or vermillion gesso as the underpainting, allowing the color to come through or create outlines which gives my work a graphic look.
My work can be characterized like a road trip where you make new and unexpected discoveries, with my images conveying a dreamlike quality — familiar yet slightly foreign, recognizable but a little bit different. By creating a sense of movement through my use of line and color, I invite viewers to be active participants, to “wish they were there”. Like a good book, I believe art can take us to another time and place.