The challenge of any person declaring themselves as 'a painter' is to humbly try to recreate the wheel. We as a society are bombarded with imagery, and I have been around long enough to see the advance of the digital age upon the art world, where images can be created on a computer, thus taking away the magic of rudimentary creation for those of us that aspire to that idiom. What I love about painting is not necessarily creating something recognizable, but rather making something that inspires an emotion, a memory or a sense of place.
Personally, I know what I can create in regard to something that looks recognizable; I am not challenged to draw a face or paint a familiar image, but I am challenged, by using only recycled 'tools' such as strips of cardboard or unused business cards and bits of paper, and most recently, fire, to make something visually appealing and interesting.
“Circles & Words” explores the link between painting and poetry, and the power of a written word against a visual backdrop.
The Goddess series explores ancient myths and the modern translation of that narrative.
My fire paintings are literally burned. Accelerants and torches become paint brushes, and the challenge is to then create a pleasing aesthetic in the aftermath. These paintings erase the idea of 'preciousness' and prove that beauty is attainable in all forms.
By incorporating poetry, or just words, onto a canvas, the painting has the ability to become a personal narrative - a word can mean so many different things, depending on the viewer, and creates a much more intimate viewing experience as the viewer assumes their interpretation of the words with the visual image.
. 2021, Featured Artist, The Body Language, Palazzo Albrizzi, Italy
. Featured in French Quarterly, winter 2019 edition
. Featured, Murze Magazine, London, 2019/2020 Winter edition, “Minimalist Artists Around the World”
. Chosen to exhibit, “Femme Fest,” Women’s Caucus for the Arts, March 2020
. Published, Fine Art Globe, New York December 2019
. Feature, “The Weekly Ritual” October 2019, San Francisco
. Feature, Times Picayune, 2018