Art has always been a part of my life. My earliest exposure to art was my great- grandmother who worked with charcoal making squiggly lined landscapes. We would sit side-by-side creating art together and from her came only words of encouragement. I remember being especially drawn to her colored charcoal drawings, multitudes of tiny colorful marks that created a scene.
Although our styles could not be more different, color has stayed with me. Though I have worked with both oil and acrylic paint, oil is my choice of medium. The lushness that comes from oil is irreplaceable. I prefer to paint straight from the tube using a palette knife as an extension of my hand, letting each color determine what happens next. Each color has a different viscosity and when placed on top of another reacts differently depending on the amount of pressure applied with the palette knife. Within each painting something new is discovered and inspiration is found.
My latest series expounds on my multiple layered paintings by scraping through and manipulating the wet paint to form a mirage of tiny paintings within the canvas. With a massive amount of leftover paint from the scraping, I will begin a new painting by building texture from the latter…reduce, reuse, recycle. Typically, I will have at least five to ten paintings working at a time on various shapes and sizes of canvas. Each painting inspires the next.
The ladder series coincides with the scratch series. It deals with the loss of someone who has impacted my life. The technique is the same using multiple layers of paint and color as a metaphor. The ladder is the last image to appear.
The thicker the paint, the better, this is what my white paintings are about. I begin by applying color after color and then use white on top to “erase” and build more texture. I will repeat this process until I am pleased with the end result.
I hope it is apparent to the viewer that I am passionate and have fun at what I do.
PUBLIC SPACES TO VIEW/PURCHASE ART:
4511 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205
6019 Berkshire Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
Shops at Legacy, 7300 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024
Boll St. Hair Salon
Arts Magnet at Booker T. Washington
University of North Texas, Creative Photography
The University of Texas at Dallas, Interdisciplinary Studies
Brookhaven Continuing Education, Studio Classes
2008 5th Annual Art Party benefiting The March of Dimes 2007 Brooke Berman Gallery at The Hotel Palomar 2007 Art Party benefiting The March of Dimes 2006 Walker & Company, Dallas Design District 2006 Solo Exhibit at Kitchen 1924 2006 Boll Street Salon 2006 Bachendorf’s 2006 Art Party Open House benefiting The Leukemia Foundation 2005 Art Party Dallas Spring Show 2004 Art Party Dallas Open House 2003 Luminarte Showroom, Dallas Design District 2002 Rathbun Open House Art Party 2000 Brookhaven Juried Art Show 1999 Bolivar Salon
2008 Fall Issue Dallas Interiors (Cover Story) 2007 August Issue Paper City 2007 August Issue Modern Luxury 2006 Paper City 2005 Paper City 2005 Dallas Business Journal 2002 D Home 1998 Horchow Catalog 1996 Southern Living