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Creative Process

About My Paintings

My paintings are large, bold narratives. I use vibrant colors, geometric shapes and a touch of humor to reflect my joyous spirit, celebrate my creativity and inhale the glorious fullness of life.

I seek to spark an emotional reaction in the viewer that changes and deepens each time he or she looks at my painting. I love to hear people say things like, “You really know how I feel.” Your work pulls me in and speaks to me.” and “Every time I look at one of your paintings, I see something new.”

The inspiration for each painting comes from a place deep inside and gets channeled through my brush onto my canvas. The strokes come together and create a lyrical story. Sometimes the story is from my own history, but often it is simply one drawn from our collective consciousness. It is as if I start the process by accessing and then painting our universal memories, experiences and lessons. You, the viewer, then take up the story and it becomes your own.

About My Process:

I paint on heavy medium tooth canvas that has been primed with three coats of gesso. The canvas is gallery wrapped. I draw with a watercolor pencil. I paint with Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. I seal the finished painting with two coats of diluted semi-gloss Golden Gel. When finished the painting is then sealed with two coats of Golden MSA varnish mixed with pure mineral spirits for the best UV protection.

I like to paint the old fashioned way. Brushes, paint and dirty hands. My apron can now stand up on its own!

An idea may geminate for minutes, weeks or months. Once I commit to it I do a QUICK sketch. One or two minutes.

I then draw the figure and the face very quickly as a guide. Nothing ever is cut in stone until the painting tells me it is complete. I paint the piece quickly not worrying about paint coverage or perfect lines. I paint starting with the face and body than I add to the design. The design grows from the body without any preconceived ideas on my part. I paint the entire painting at least four times. I become a perfectionist as the work progresses.

If the piece is entirely geometric I do the same thing. I have a starting point somewhere in the middle and the painting grows from there.

Some paintings are busy and some quiet. Each painting tells me when it is done. I work in a zone other than conscious thought. The brush seems to have a life of its own as the design grows. I use a ruler to draw the straight lines but do not use it or tape as a guide to paint. There are no tape or painting guides used in my process other than pencil marks and my eye.

I listen to the fish tank bubbling, the cats doing whatever it is that cats do, and the TV droning away as background noise.

If I work steadily the complete painting is done and sealed in two months.