Western Illinois University, 1996, counseling
My art is always in transition. It has evolved from representational to an intuitive abstraction of nature. My relationship to nature is central to my creativity.
I am most inspired by creating work with a gestural, expressive line and intuitive color choice. My work is not an observational record but contains elements of an emotional experience in nature.
Pastel is a very natural medium for me. By nature I am someone who loves to draw. Pastels have allowed me to combine my love of drawing with painting. I love the immediacy, vividness and purity of pastels. My work is created on sanded pastel paper and is later mounted on archival board. This easily manipulated and forgiving surface allows me to be experimental. I often begin my work with an intital line of vine charcoal or an under painting of oil paint. Small sections of previoslu completed line drawings are used as the basis for my paintings.
My ultimate goal is to create a richly textuured pastel painting with beauty and depth that reflects the mystery and spirit of the natural world.