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Scientific illustration, my original career choice, blended my interests of art and science. Though traditional media was my starting point, the computer came along and pushed my creativity into the digital realm. In 2009, a challenging health issue led to a period of introspection during which I reflected about what was most important to me. I realized how much I missed the feel of a paintbrush in my hand and the joy of watching a blank, white surface transform into a recognizable image. I determined to return to my artistic roots via acrylic painting.

 

Much of my inspiration arises from the everyday environment: commonplace objects like a flower, the shadow on a building, or an edible from a local bakery, which gain importance when treated as a focal point. These are the little pleasures in life that can create a beautiful landscape in one's everyday experience and sustain body and spirit. Finding significance in that which is often ignored or taken for granted is my way of encouraging the viewer to see anew, as if for the first time. Many of these paintings are small works, as the small sizes allow the opportunity to explore diverse subjects on a regular basis.

 

In contrast, my Praesentia series features historical brick and stone structures where walls, doorways, and windows create a metaphor for the human experience: turning points in life when a person is forced to look within when facing a difficult challenge. This work arose directly from my 2009 health scare, at which time I was told to “fight for my life.” Structures built for wartime seemed a perfect fit as a starting point in depicting the dualities of human experience: the struggles of the inner and outer self as well as the challenges within society-at-large where opposites vie for dominance, such as hope versus despair and clarity versus confusion. It is my choice of subject matter, use of color, and the push and pull between light and shadow that visually depict these tensions.


Creamy Agapantha
December Sun
The Gift
Here Now