|Betty in Studio|
|"Antler Antics" Waterolor monotype with|
My work has always walked the line between figuration and abstraction with lanscapes and organic forms gleaned from nature being prime sources of inspiration. Although alluding to natural forms, I mostly focus on close up views that do not read as traditional landscapes. I want to give the viewer an indication of the subject matter and yet maintain an interest in the shapes, lines, textures and colors purely for their own sake. I can say that my works are "Expressively Realistic" in that I always start with some known reference and mine that for both expressive content and formal structure. The subjects qualities are exagerated and reconfigured and multiple images can suggest a path toward a mood feeling or idea. Media manipulation, new juxtapositions and expressive marks can further push reality beyond the descriptive.
|"Weaving the Wood" Fiber Paste & Acrylic |
on Ampersand panels
More recent work further blurs the line of representation to arrive at a more inner landscape, by tipping the range from real to more abstract, the work seems to remain reliably organic. Mixing mediums and techniques allows for flexibility and change in the process. Being always present, the dynamic of intuition vs. calculation can lead to surprises with the goal to reach an equilibrium between visual and some ideal.
Always fascinated with the element of line and perceptual observations of nature through contour line drawin and some recent works manipulate the process to translate what is seen into intuitive compositions about ideas and feelings at the time. Expressive lines are incorporated with other media to interconnect the various forms and their relationship to experience. Drawing from nature, art and science, I let things happen until some visual order supports the concept.
|“Nocturnal Visitations” acrylic and pastel on gesso|
|“Nature Paper/Hornet’s Nest” Watercolor, Gouache and Ink|
|"Pondscape III" Watercolor monotype with|
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