People are my muse. My paintings celebrate ordinary and extraordinary people of all shapes, sizes and colors who capture my imagination. Very often they are just folks living their lives who happen to pass through my visual field and get caught in the lens of my iPhone and potentially/eventually onto my canvas.
I have always worked figuratively starting in college as a sculptor and then in my profession as a massage therapist sculpting living bodies rather than clay. The evolution from one to the other was cathartic and gave me a deep respect for what I could do with my hands. When I began to paint, it felt important to honor my hands and those of others with a series of Massage and Hand portraits which combine the formal elements that go into creating a work of art with a spiritual connection that breathes life into the people I paint.
Discovering at an early age that I could make people laugh with sharp-tongued, witty retorts, I infuse much of my work with a sense of humor and a bit of sarcasm--snark. This is the spark that begins my creative process and is what motivates me to choose the subjects of my paintings.
As an older artist in the 21st Century, I am watching the art world change through technology, the market and artists themselves. My recent series of paintings helps me to deal with the realities of the art world by turning my critical eye on the people who inhabit it.
I’ve long been inspired by the portraits of Don Bachardy, for his exquisitely delicate use of line and knowing instinctively what to include and what to leave out, David Hockney, for his brilliant use of color, Barkley Hendricks for his large, bold, in your face compositional statements and Alice Neel's personal style capturing the very essence of her subjects.