I am inspired to express both my external and internal vision with my art. I find myself describing what I do as painting what I see behind my eyes. It is a personal interaction between what I view externally; a landscape, the center of a flower, a rock, a facial expression, refracted or reflected light, etc. and the senses and feelings that are awakened within me. I paint for healing. Healing for both myself and for those who encounter my work. I often paint a series or collection of paintings in interaction with an affirmation, a meditation, or a spiritual precept but what I produce is always the result of sensing.
I prefer to work on textured and layered surfaces as this expresses my relationship to the layered and textured nature of perception and reality. I begin by staining paper, wood or canvas with permanent inks. I have then layered these surfaces with objects covered in cloth, mud mixed with varnish and encaustic. I then paint on top of these heavily textured surfaces with oil paint and pastel. I use my hands as my primary painting tools, although I will also use a brush, rags, and pallet knives. When I begin to paint I often choose a prepared surface that meets my need in the moment, allowing it to call to me.
Over the past six years, I have continued to explore the idea of painting for healing and ways to physically interact with a piece. This has led me to painting on Plexiglas with transparent and translucent colorfast paints. I begin by working with liquid watercolor to create a study on paper. The paint is then applied in layers on the Plexiglas and each layer adds a new dimension of texture to the finished surface. As I paint I paint with the intention for healing. Whenever possible I create sight specific pieces that not only take into account the particulars of a physical space but who will be, and how they will be, using the space. These paintings are placed directly on windows or hung suspended in front of them. In the daylight the paintings glow, much like stained glass. They are translucent, revealing some, but not all, of the scene outside. When the sun comes through, the colors radiate and are cast upon windowsills, floors, and people. At night interior lighting illuminates the surfaces and the paintings can be seen from the outside.
I am moved by the fact that these paintings are not just something to look at and perhaps admire but that the color, texture, light and reflections collide with and engage the observer.
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