The beauty of nature and the pain of the human condition can take my breath away but both cause me to find expression through the arts.
Brief visual encounters with nature soothe and help heal me - they push me to grab my brush to interpret my life in emotional lines and unexpected colour contrasts. Also, life experiences drive me to pick my pen to write poetry. They work together in a complementary way, allowing me to move toward expressive wholeness.
My heart's desire is similar to that of artist Georgia O'Keefe's: That my work possesses such an 'inner energy . . . that it cannot be ignored.'
The messages that manage to grow through the weedy flux of my life are all I have to offer back to the world - my struggles, my gratitude, those moments of awe. I am thrilled when others relate to my pieces and receive a sense of empathy or see a reflection of the spiritual.
"Spirit" 12" x 48" Acrylic on canvas
"Your piece titled 'SPIRIT' that I purchased a few years ago is breathtaking!
It graces a wall whereI am enjoying it daily. The large vertical piece in rich hues of blue-greens with swirls of both harmonious and complementary colours entwine as if by the force of a flame reaching upward. It is beautiful! Thank you for creating something so meaningful!"
enPLEIN AIR: "In the fresh air" sketching and painting quick visual studies in watercolour while hiking, kayaking, or beaching.
in TRAVELS: Gathering experiences and reference photos for future work.
in-STUDIO: Expressing memories and thoughts through everything from journaling, poetry, soft pastels to larger acrylic works.
We are all called to be . . . repairers of creation.
Mr. Fred Rogers, 2001
I cannot help thinking that the best way of knowing God is to love many things.
One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.
Jasper Johns, 2006