Artist's Statement ::
I consider painting a voyage of self-exploration and growth, a microcosm of life itself in which decisions must be taken and challenges met. In painting, as in life, you must take risks in order to achieve. Then, I view painting as a training ground for succeeding in life.
At the start of a new painting, I experiment with various supports and paint in oil, as well as in acrylics. At the start of a new painting I deliberately set my canvas in a state of chaos, using such techniques as image transfers, stamping, superposition of abstract and real images, and the application of arbitrary brush stokes of warm and cool colors. This provides me with many ways to resolve my painting.
Welcoming this randomly dealt hand, I trust the child within and accept the risk of failure. My challenge is to enjoy the process and have fun without obsessing about the finished painting. Toggling between successive stages of chaos and order, I simplify and unify my work to arrive at a strong composition with bold colors.
Through this process, the final painting is more an interpretation of what I feel than what I see. As a result, I'm comfortable painting both real and abstract compositions.
Selected Exhibitions: ::
EXHIBITREK GALLERY, BOULDER, CO; JURIED SHOW, 12/ 2005
TaWS JURIED EXHIBITION 10/7-11/10, LEANING ART GALLERY, Tallahassee, FL, 2005
GADSDEN TWS & ARTIST LEAGUE 11/2003 & 01/2004, FL
OPUS 4 SHOW CITY HALL, 2003, Tallahassee, FL
TWS-15th TRI-STATE SHOW 2003, LEMOYNE ART FOUNDATION, Tallahassee, FL
CAMILLA INVITATIONAL ART SHOW & SALE, Camilla, GA, 2003, 2004
TWS & WIREGRASS MUSEUM, AL, 2002
MERIT AWARD, TWS TRI-STATE SHOW, 1988, 1990, 1993, 2001.
TWS -13th TRI-STATE SHOW 2001, AWARD OF MERIT, Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL
FLORIDA NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, P1-member 1994.
THE FLORIDA STATE GALLERY AND MUSEUM, Tallahassee, 1992, 1993
SUNBANK AWARD, TWS TRI-STATE SHOW, 1993
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL WATERCOLOR, Golden, CO. 1991.
THIRD PLACE TWS, TRI-STATE SHOW 1991.
EXHIBITION AT HARRODS’, LONDON, 1988.
BEST OF SHOW, WINDSOR-NEWTON AWARD TWS TRI-STATE SHOW 1988
SOLO SHOW, CITY HALL, Tallahassee, 1986.