Being an artist is a growing experience. When I first started painting the goal was to get what I saw onto paper. The next step was to master watercolor techniques and make pretty pictures. Eventually I learned about composition, design, value, rhythm, texture, color theory…. the basic principles for making a successful painting. For a while I was content to work on those principles. After working hard for several years I developed a style of my own which led to entering juried shows, testing the water to see how experts and peers received my work. Just getting to that point caused a lot of growth. At first I didn’t even entertain the idea of using more than one medium; I was a purist motivated by fear. But then out of frustration with what I perceived as the limitations of transparent watercolor I bravely tried a little colored pencil along with that watercolor, ah hah! That led to all kinds of corruptions of my purist ideas; now there is no limit to what I might try to make a work of art more interesting and give it more dimension, inks, acrylic, collage, pastels, crayons, you name it and I might try it, how liberating! Then I tried creating art with broken shards of ceramic. The challenge of working with a medium that is so unforgiving stretches me further. Finally the idea of expressing a serious concept was explored and I found deep satisfaction and a new understanding of this incredible language called art. Now I am using some of my art to communicate my deepest emotions, struggles and life experience. This has been the greatest challenge and brings the deepest satisfaction. I know that all art expresses some part of the human experience. I will continue to do fun, whimsical art that makes people smile. I believe this world needs a good dose of that kind of expression. I will also speak of the troubling things in life, ask the hard questions and hope that I speak so eloquently that others can relate and find some level of comfort in our common understanding. Finally, I know that as long as I keep working the growth will continue, sometimes in baby steps and sometimes in great leaps, but always expanding my knowledge and understanding. With abstract work I use many layers of paint allowing the first layers to peek thru subsequent layers. This approach gives the viewer so much to see that it seems there is always something to discover. In my watercolor and pastel work I tend to express joy and comfort thru color and design.
Biography: I work full time as a self taught, self representing artist. I have been painting for many years and work very hard at creating the very highest quality art using the finest materials available. Although I am basically self taught I am not an amateur, I have studied very hard to understand the elements of good design, composition, values, color etc. I have won many awards and my work is in collections all over the United States as well as Canada, France and England. My art studio is in my home in Eagle, Idaho USA.
Country: United States of America
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