Artist’s Statement: Color and Texture at the Core! I am fascinated with exploring color and texture through non-representational subject matter expressed in a variety of media. Among them are: pastel, strictly monoprint, or monotype with oil stick or soy-based ink + additional materials; digital art combined with physical media in layered processes; drawings, painting, and other items sometimes included in ‘mixed media.’ My work derives from my long-time work with color in the built environment, which is three dimensional on a large scale, combined with many years’ experience doing murals, and pattern and surface design using many materials, including studying and working with historically ethnic processes of indigenous peoples. It’s interesting to me that the deep involvement I’ve had in those frameworks over the past 40+ years is coming into my personal artwork from a different angle.
Regardless of the material, my focus is on color and our response to color, texture, and a non-representational approach that invites viewers to explore their own interpretations and responses--whether elusive or literal. For the most part my work is on the smaller side physically, but in the process I always see it large-scale in my own mind, as if one could walk into the spaces and among the shapes.
Inspiration, process, and themes I’m not tied to any one medium or subject but enjoy myriad explorations, even including line drawings of both semi-representational and highly imaginative subjects. Regardless of the materials I work with, layering elements is important to me for my own process and experience and also for inviting the viewer to share in that experience. I've been able to also incorporate my past work of over 25 years of creating commissioned wall finishes including glazing, murals and Venetian plaster. Themes of landscape and land-forms, architecture, history/culture, natural and human phenomena, and interpretations of being in and observing time and space in myriad dimensions are among the many subjects I find intriguing. The concept of "windows" is a recurring one that I continue to explore, considering it in a way as a lens through which color/texture and other elements are expressed. I enjoy working in series, so you will see among the gallery images some connection between either a few or many images done in a particular style or medium.
Why color is so important Applying an understanding of our human response to color is at the core of my art and design philosophy. ‘Environmental color’—how we are affected by color and related shapes in our physical spaces, and ways of developing and communicating with color—has been prevalent in my own personal art work as well as in my professional color design work. Inspiration specifically in the art work comes from many sources but also often comes from the materials themselves, as becoming inspired by and immersed in a physical process often leads to image, form, and concept development. As the subject matter of any piece evolves—whether intentional at the outset or more intuitively, as the result of the process—I tend to work in series’ of pieces that may even move from one medium to another as the inspiration and processes develop.