|dyed reed baskets - 1980's|
|After Klee - painted gourd vessel|
These efforts were a bridge to the realization that I wanted to be a "real painter." I returned to college in the early 90's and after more than 4 years attending part time I achieved my Associate Degree in Visual Art. This grand education (seriously wonderful professors at Berkshire Community College!) coupled with my first ever trip to Italy, awakened and exposed my hidden self, sending me on a whole new adventure.
|Returning Home - oil on canvas|
|Window - oil on canvas|
My love affair with Italy has never ended. My travels inspire me to dig deep within as I soak my spirit in the magnificent art and architecture, the forms of trees and hills, the light-filled colors, and layer upon layer, the skies and earth.
I've learned to experiment continually, trusting my instincts and emotion. Forms are intuitively abstracted, colors heightened and lines have become important to me.
|Sacred - oil on canvas|
|Full of Wonder - oil on canvas|
My art has evolved a great distance from my first creative efforts. Recently I had the great pleasure of being contacted through my web site by an artist in Milan. We began an email conversation that has been rewarding for me. In recent email with Franco we've discussed finding our true voices in paint.
|True Blue - oil on canvas|
|Excavation - oil and mixed media on board|
I wrote that I strongly believe inside every artist who is serious about being true to themselves, is a seed that is solely theirs. To improve and evolve, this seed needs our nurture and respect.
In my studio I have many reminders of my twelve (so far) trips to Italy. Can you spell a.d.d.i.c.t.i.o.n? I have learned, through these visits, how to see with new eyes, whether I am in a museum in Venice, hiking in the woods here in the Carolinas or even noticing the way that sidewalk cracks form patterns that attract me.
|Mooncatcher - oil and mixed media on board|
|One Enormous Sky - oil and mixed media on board|
Today's work doesn't resemble the work I did in the early years, but I have discovered my SELF, endlessly growing. I am compelled to keep tending "my seed."