"Embrace"

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I’ve always looked for the magic: the sacred, the hidden meaning, whatever makes my spirit reach out.  I want to paint magic; I want the viewer to feel the magic when looking at my paintings.

As I explore imagery- that is, react to my environment, my thoughts, and research- I find that certain notions emerge on their own, and suddenly appear important.  Simple shapes, especially when rendered on a large area, become alive, significant and dream-like, like a lava lamp in action, with its undulating shapes moving against one another.  The negative spaces are embraced by the shapes or lines of trees, rocks, water. 
 

In the painting process, I concentrate on composition and contrast, keeping the colors earthy and neutral.  My techniques may result in the unpredictable, (watery paint, even spattering) yet controlled (drawing with graphite, charcoal and pastels.) This combination gives the viewer one experience from a distance but invites a closer look into the textures and layers. 

I have titled this series “Embrace” because it has been a time of letting go of old inhibitions or static ideas in painting. It is a time of evolving as an artist.

Earth Arising
Earth Arising

4'x4' acrylic on wood panel

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Waiting for Better Days (SOLD)
Waiting for Better Days (SOLD)

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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Take Shelter
Take Shelter

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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Safe at Night
Safe at Night

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel (SOLD)

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Untie the Boat (SOLD)
Untie the Boat (SOLD)

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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Trees With Sky Inserted
Trees With Sky Inserted

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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The World Tree (SOLD)
The World Tree (SOLD)

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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A Place by the River (SOLD)
A Place by the River (SOLD)

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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Tangled Nest (SOLD)
Tangled Nest (SOLD)

4'x4' mixed media on wood panel

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Detail, "Asleep Under the Mountain"
Detail, "Earth Arising"
Detail, "Earth Arising"