Twist, turn, spin, bend, leap – these words evoke the dance-like movements that inform my work and express my bodily experience of the world. The bold colors and sharply defined edges suggest self-assertion and willfulness. Shadows and overlapping shapes create depth in these invented landscapes where playful characters loom front and center. The organic shapes in my paintings exude a sensuality and playfulness, especially in their relationship with each other. With an abundance of color and contrast, the unfolding stories refer to creatures navigating their worlds as best they can with humor and perseverance.
My work ranges from small drawings/collages on paper to large scale paintings on canvas and aluminum. Color choice is important to me, and is derived from unexpected combinations that I’ve seen, maybe in travels or daily life, and those remembered from childhood - maroon rotary dial phones, lavender and teal Formica cabinets, black and white checkerboard floors.
I am always on the lookout for surprising shapes and colors, and prefer to begin with a spontaneous action. For example, many of my pieces start off with a poured pooling of acrylic paint that dries in a shape I could never predict. Recently, as in the piece above, Not Always Everywhere, I employ shapes and colors cut out of older paintings. It is exciting to cut them into new shapes and collage the pieces of painted canvas directly onto a fresh canvas. In a call and response painting process, I answer, sometimes changing or obliterating the initial starting point, but discovering new things about myself and the process as I plow ahead.