I am an artist because I believe that it is one form of expression that remains pure and honest. As an artist, I believe I have an inherent power to effect change in people and their environment. I strive to be honest in my work and to illustrate things I have a personal relationship with in my life. In executing my artwork, I look to expose life truths that are recognizable by all.
When I begin painting, I look for something surprising or distinctive in the person or subject of focus. If nothing appears immediately, I usually start by creating a narrative in my mind of the person or theme I am depicting. This narrative evolves as I work my way through the painting and helps to define the person or thing I am creating. I always feel common qualities of character or background with the subjects I paint so I feel an apparent ease in telling their story.
I am currently working in watercolor, a medium I have used since my days as a child painter. Although for the past 10 years I have worked mainly in oils, this rediscovery of watercolors seems appropriate for my current subject that is a young girl. I have chosen to paint my subject using only the color violet, a color created by mixing a cool color with a contrastingly warm color. As a result, I am able to adjust the temperature and mood of the painting. By limiting my pallet, I also hope to give reference to the era that this girl comes from, which is the early 1960s. As in my past work, I am ultimately striving to share something that was once ordinary, such as these “vacation photos” yet can tell a story of beauty and mystery, that narrative that brings life to my work.