I like to take a close up view of the natural world, and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day. I create mixed media paintings inspired by my walks in nature. The birds, trees, plants, light and color that I see emerge later in the paintings I create. I am influenced by the plants and patterns in my garden, textiles, my family and my pets- bits and pieces of my everyday life combining them-selves in new forms.
I paint on cradled panels using different combinations of acrylic paint, watercolor, spray paint, com-position gold leaf and collage. I paint intuitively, starting with a few things I have observed on my adventures- color, texture, a pattern, or a plant or an animal. At a certain point the painting starts leading the way. I only have to listen and follow along. A dialogue begins with the painting and it shows me the next steps to take.
I have painted for many years and I have also worked with oil, pastel, collage, ceramics, and jewelry. I have marketed my work through galleries, art fairs, and retail and wholesale shows. I have a BA in fine art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, studied painting, art history and print-making at The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and graphic design and ceramics at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
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