Artist Statement

Mixed Media Honorable Mention Ribbon for "Blame it on the Media" (Acrylic & Pebeo Fantasy Paints)
Mixed Media Honorable Mention Ribbon for “Blame it on the Media” (Acrylic & Pebeo Fantasy Paints)

I began painting in June 2015, not long after my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I had always wanted to paint, but never did. I figured it was as good a time as any. I began with watercolors. They were low cost and not as messy as acrylics or oils. I was mesmerized by their beauty and how the pigments blended and flow together. That summer, painting was my escape and provided me with much needed joy. My father passed away in August 2015, but, I continue to paint.

For me, painting is a meditative process. I can escape the nagging stress of my professional life and explore new dimensions of myself and the universe one brush stroke or paint drop at a time. Much of my recent work is abstract. Through abstraction we escape the world of forms and categories and see the universe as it is: a series of wiggles. My goal is to free you from obligatory and patterned reactions to familiar scenes and to inspire a new and organic understanding of yourself and the universe we share. Ultimately, I paint because it is fun and brings joy to my life. I share my art with you because I hope it will bring you joy, too.