Like most people, I began creating art in childhood. It seemed to come very naturally to me. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast and recently returned there after living abroad and in other states for many years. Throughout my life, I’ve found creative outlets in other areas but always felt the call of mixing paint and
playing with visual presentation. These creative endeavors often played out in different areas such as teaching, retail management, business and writing/communication. I only recently began working professionally as an artist and I still have a day job. Lucky for me, that day job is something I do from home
so I can walk into the studio and paint anytime I want.
I do not have an art degree. I studied a BS in Advertising/PR and a Master of Arts in Communication at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Travel, the study of Communication (cultural, self, organizational, and others), and self-awareness inform my abstract works on canvas and paper.
THE CHAOTIC BEAUTY OF CHANGE
I long to have conversations about the deeper questions in life and this pushes me forward into the creative mode. This is how I communicate those things which remain unsaid.
Change and evolution have always fascinated me, not just scientifically, but also from the human perspective. How human beings work to evolve their personal journeys through learning, observation, trial and error, as well as venturing out into the unknown are my starting point. All of this is part of the larger world we live in which I believe is governed by nature and its constant evolution.
There is a chaotic beauty in the collision of these two ideas. The juxtaposition of man and nature and their subsequent places in the world are where my story begins as an artist. The creative process begins with deep contemplation of these two things. I am constantly trying to find my place in them and have come to define these two areas as Refuge and Progress. Refuge is my place of peace. It’s where I connect with nature and collect images of color and shape, which later reveal themselves in the work. Progress is my process of learning, growing, and pushing forward outside of my comfort zone.
As a result, urban decay and revitalization play a role in my work. I see them as symbols of our past and ability to take what is old and transform it into something new and useful, or, to simply let it go and get rid of it with the understanding that it did not, and/or does not work to our advantage.
Keeping this in mind, I start with an idea of a color palette and shapes and move forward in the process, allowing it to change and evolve into different images. Much of what I do begins with pouring water on flat paper or canvas. At some point it gets moved into a vertical position where more layers are added. The final step is adding more defined lines and shapes with graphite, colored pencil, soft
pastel, charcoal, or acrylic pen. I believe this is my way of adding order to something which has otherwise been chaotic. Working with the materials is an important part of the creative process and what
happens there, in each painting, may dictate the outcome. Most often, I let it take on a life of its own until I feel satisfied with what I see. This process and what it produces is my way of working out ideas and communicating them non-verbally with others.
These deeper subjects are the ones I want to discuss but find few people who really want to have these deeply intimate conversations. I consider the art my attempt at communicating these things. I don’t pretend that anyone gets that from a painting, only that it’s my outlet for having an exchange with others in a way
which doesn’t otherwise occur. What the receiver/viewer makes of this communication is entirely up to them.
Large works on canvas
Large works on paper
Small works on paper
Medium works on canvas
Small works on canvas
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