I’m an empath; I feel a lot of things. Painting helps me process and share my experience with others. I have a deep love for the outdoors and our amazing planet, and I draw my inspiration from hikes and memories of time spent gardening with my grandmother and father. I prefer to paint from life. In the studio, I will often set up live bouquets when painting flowers or I paint and sketch landscapes en plein air.
My paintings begin with observation, and then flow from emotion or a response to the subject. I paint things as I feel them, not just as I see them. I try to capture a feeling, a whole essence of something, not just its likeness.
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 build the painting layer by layer. 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.