Artist Statement
Elements of the natural world provide the inspiration for most of my current paintings. I am guided by intuition, emotional response and a sense of exploration of the materials.  I move easily from painting on canvas to mixed media and other works on paper, including pastel and monoprints.

I came to love the immediacy and vibrant colors of pastels - the immediacy of drawing and the colors of the oil pigments.  There is also a forgiving nature with the medium,and this seems to encourage experimentation.  Whether I am doing an abstract, a figurative image or a landscape, I am always amazed at the versatility of pastels, the lasting brilliance of the colors and the variation of possible techniques and tools.

Monotypes are interesting - and represent a kind of oxymoron to me because of what I call "controlled spontaneity".  There is so much process associated with printing.  Then there is the element of guesswork and surprise - the mystery of the final print.   However, working with monotypes affords me the greatest opportunity for experimentation and the ability to combine media.  I am able to simplify my expression as far as I can, to remove detail and see what remains of an idea.

I strive for simplicity and visual clarity in my work.  I am also interested in the subtle variations and effects of colors.  As I reinterpret landscapes I also want to include my emotional language and use color, not always as presented by nature, to express and convey my impressions
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