My inspirations spring from bits and pieces from my memories—places, family mementos, travel, and above all, music. Painting has provided the freedom I need to express my internal emotions through color and texture. I paint primarily with acrylic and acrylic medium, and in recent years have been experimenting with other media. Currently, I am exploring Venetian plaster; its unique qualities help me produce surfaces that are, to me, as immediately appealing and sensuous, as a beautiful aria. While listening to the music of Puccini I am transported. If I can’t sing it, I will paint it.
My latest series is not only inspired by music, it’s on it. Namely, the large pile of records that have been stacked against a wall in my bedroom for the past 30 years or so. The outdated LPs have been prepared and painted on both sides for viewing front and back. Some of these works are symbolic of ancient artifacts and others suggest connections to the song tracks buried beneath the newly painted surface. I enjoy using these relics from my past to make a work that can be appreciated by others in a new way. For some of my previous series, I have repurposed cedar shakes from my old roof, collaged fabric, grommets, buttons, rope, sawdust and ephemera to my canvasses.
I love the element of surprise; when attacking a blank surface, I am filled with anticipation about how the work will unfold. It is a mystery waiting to be revealed to me and to be discovered by the viewer. Each work pushes the direction of the next until I have exhausted the possibilities. I think Edward Hopper got it right when he said, “If I could say it in words there would be no need to paint.” For me, it’s as simple as that.