Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My ultimate goal in sharing my art to the world is to inspire people to stop and look and feel. I seek to create a dialogue between our inner worlds or feelings and the energy of the natural world. I have a deep love for the outdoors and our amazing planet, and I draw my inspiration from hikes, floral studies and sketches as well as memories of time spent gardening with my grandmother and father. I mostly prefer to paint from life, and in the studio I will often set up live bouquets when painting flowers or paint and sketch landscapes en plein air.

My paintings begin with observation and emotion, a response to the subject. I paint things as I feel them, not just as I see them. Each flower has a personality and I try to capture it or, when I observe the landscape, I’m articulating its personality in paint as well. Sometimes moody, sometimes bright and cheerful, the changing light colors the temperament.

Next begins laying down the foundation. The marks are gestural, engaging the paintbrush as an extension of me. I start with a mark on the canvas and then layer by layer, build the painting. The loose mark-making is a conductor to capturing the feeling or energy from the subject.

I use multiple media in my studio and travel paint kit: including acrylic and oil paints, watercolor, ink, and pastel crayons. The painting mediums and methods are simply tools that allow me to paint expressively. I have the most fun working with a variety of media!