Over the years my painting and drawing have developed from an interest into a passion. I wanted to experiment working in a larger scale while still trying to capture detail, character and delicacy. I now allow the subject to dictate which I use, sometimes the vibrancy of a flower means only color will reflect its personality and spirit, and sometimes the contrast of light and shade are such a fundamental part of the symmetry of the image that this observation of beautiful forms has to be examined in full.
As for what I paint, well... people often comment that I must really love trees, leaves & flowers.
My work is much more about mood and emotion than subject. I am intensely affected by light and color, and that is what I actually paint.
When I am painting an individual painting, something about the idea really has to get me before I go ahead with it. When I see a integrating shape or color or line I think is beautiful, then start to create a composition around it, my reaction is visceral. I feel a nervous excitement when an idea appears to really work.
Ironically, if I had to state my ultimate goal for my art, it would be to take away the edge of nervousness and to create a sense of calm similar to what I feel after an hour of yoga. I want to use light and color in line and to bring myself into the moment and create a space for quiet and peace. I want to make art to be the same as a long-term relationship, not just a quick fling. I want to make paintings that help me to feel good and to just relax.
Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture, the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas. I select subjects in the painting that will be enhanced by this technique. It harmonize the painting in a calming and beautiful way.