My paintings start with playful, spontaneous exploration of line, marks, geometric and organic shapes. Working on birch cradled wood panels gives me the opportunity to add (and remove) both thick and thin layers of oil paint and cold wax medium to create both texture and depth. The direction of the painting starts to evolve as the layers start to build a story that resonates with me.
Inspired by ordinary experiences: recurring shapes such as houses, multiple dwellings, stairways or ladders often appear in my finished work. These shapes and marks evoke thoughts of safety, comfort and a feeling of being grounded. I choose my color palette of bold, unexpected colors to define a sense of energy, joy and surprise.
I believe that each finished painting tells a story and my goal for the viewer is that they may find their own story as they look and delve into the nuances of the individual pieces of work.
I started to paint again after a 30 year hiatus when I discovered mixing oil with cold wax medium in 2013. I fell in love with painting again and have pursued (with a passion) the techniques of the medium while diving headfirst into abstract expressionism.