|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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