Narratives

June 29, 2016

I don't live on the Strip. I rarely step foot in the casinos. Yet from my art this summer, one would think I'm a high roller. Au contraire.

I take clues of geographic location and combine them with colors representing climate and culture in hopes of creating visual sense of place. This awareness of my surroundings is the fuel behind each work of art. I try to center my mind in the present, and hone in on sensory details. What I...

June 17, 2016

I find great pleasure in control. I love a good, sharp point that can make a mark exactly where I want it. I cringe when my color goes out of the lines or when my brush pens start to dry up, giving me dreaded streaks. I've always been happiest using my hands to create precisely what my mind alone can see. Vice-like grip of fingers around my pen, face hovering just above the paper, razor-focus...I'm in the zone.

With mixed media...

May 27, 2016

While at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland, I read a portion of a letter written in 1886 from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. He confesses: 
"You know, Jeannin has the peony and Quost has the hollyhock, but I am in a way the one who has the sunflower." ​


This triggered my concern about repeating images (or compositions, or processes for that matter). Is it OK for an artist to identify with a style and a specific aest...

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