For me, immersion in art has been lifelong. My artistic potential was cultivated early with private tutoring as a child and progressed through university study. However, a doctorate degree and subsequent careers in higher education sequestered art into a personal endeavor. In 2002, I became an active career artist marketing my work primarily on the East Coast. In particular, both the Limner Gallery and Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in NYC have given me invaluable exposure through juried competitions and gallery invitations. Now, I am very pleased to join the vibrant art world of my new home, Texas.
I strive for artwork that has a powerful first presence, yet encourages intimacy and contemplation. My paintings evolve from a dual process of careful planning and carefree improvising. The process starts with a deliberate selection of surface type and texture. My favorite surfaces are canvas and panel which offer a multitude of options when combined with varying texture selections. Gesso can be applied to make canvases exceptionally smooth or to mimic other surfaces such as fine linen. Panels may be left smooth or given a sandy or roughly textured surface for variation. The composition and basic color palette are also carefully planned and deliberately orchestrated in the first layer of paint.
Improvisation becomes a force during the process of constructing and deconstructing each subsequent layer. At this point, painting is discovery. It is a continual test of each medium's potential contribution, whether it is the translucent depth of an oil glaze or the rich velvet of an opaque gouache. The chosen color palette is also continually tested to create harmony with just the right touch of surprise and contradiction. All aspects of this artistic process should contribute to a work of refined maturity yet invigorating freshness.