My paintings are more than about beauty. I am communicating an idea, a visual memory, as I explore what happens when significant moments over a long period of time become incorporated into the fabric of my life. I am constantly preoccupied with the color and shape of things, of landscapes, of details in larger pictures, that call to be altered, to be represented in unexpected ways. I like to question the conventional wisdom of color.
My work is about a journey, semi abstract, incorporating a love for color and experimentation with mixed media. I work in acrylics, layering them with collage papers, glazing, texture mediums, oil pastel, and pencil. I enjoy the challenge of shifting from theme to theme, depending on my faith journey, involvement with family, travel, or just the quiet absorption of landscapes and places with their myriad of details, shapes and color.
In my Italian paintings, an aerial point of view assists me in finding a more abstract vision of the landscape. In the studio, I reassemble my memories and sketches, creating compositions that have spacial tension between the open spaces and the placement of various landmarks.
My Australian based paintings won awards in the Houston WAS-H International Exhibition in 2007 and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition in 2006.
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