Bluebonnets, Watercolor painting with Torn Paper Collage Border
Deciding to be an artist has never been a business decision for me. While I have a business degree from Wharton, I have created a business around selling my art, and I am very good at many parts of running my own business, aspects of my creative self remain separate from my business. On the one hand, this is good. My effort is to make art from my heart and soul, not "for" the market. However, there seems to be a downside. This is clear in the area of marketing. Some part of me is simply not on board with marketing.
My representational artworks seek an expression of people and nature that reflects earthly life at its fullest. I hope you enjoy these new works, each created from multiple photographs taken with my Android phone, of local scenes that touched and inspired me.
My torn paper collage borders combine various papers that vibrate together to speak of the essence of the original artwork. The conversation between the border and the inner work becomes a revelation as well as a new creation. This new creation is both representational and purely abstract...
My figurative artworks tell a story of human community and connection that goes beyond story-telling. Contemporary beings, adrift on our own, often search for belonging. Sharing time and activities with a community is a beginning, but a deeper sense of belonging can be found through shared identity. It is not uncommon for people to take on labels, practices, and narratives to more personally locate ourselves inside communities.It is easy to see our differences, to focus on the stories that distinguish my people from your people, but with a slight change of attitude, it is also easy to see that the desire to tell stories and locate oneself within a narrative is a human desire that most share. Rather than finding excuses for disconnection and avoiding others over differences, I seek connections with others as I include them in my art imagery. Thus my body of work explores human stories as a commonality of humanity; while I look at story-telling, my work is beyond story-telling.
In August 2014, I found myself running around downtown Asheville, NC with my two youngest daughters and their cousin. We found ourselves at an urban water park called Splasheville. Not dressed in bathing suits, we promised to just get our feet wet. Alas that promise did not last very long...
Walking around South Texas with a 35 mm camera loaded with black and white film, I set out last summer to discover what imagery I would be drawn to capturing and printing in the darkroom. These three images of people communicating with each other are some of my favorites...
"...The rose is actually created for us out of all these separate impressions; yet it is practically impossible to realize the matter in this way. For us, the rose is simply there." Maurice Nicoll, Living Time, p. 10.
...when I draw and paint a rose, such as Orange Rose, my right brain focuses purely on the shapes and colors of the specific rose in front of me...
"The universe is not merely what the senses show. It is not the outer scene alone - in fact, it is never the outer scene alone but always the combination of oneself with it." Maurice Nicoll, The Mark, p. 20.
I read these sentences for guidance on my spiritual path. Nicoll speaks about what is needed for inner transformation. Yet I wonder, as I have always wondered, if the true appeal of art is the window into the artist's soul that art can be...
I've been painting flowers with watercolors as a regular practice for the past four years. I find the study of organic forms to be a strong discipline as well as a soothing, healing, and inspiring practice...
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Originals are created with archival papers, inks, and paints. Paper is sealed and protected with UV spray, wax varnish, and matte medium.
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