I strive to capture a moment in time, and express the energy and joy found in the moment. This can be expressed through a single gesture of the person or animal in the scene. I often paint images that I have seen or imagined at the beach, from music, from animals, or incorporating the subject of wine and grapes that are integral to the wine industry in Yamhill County, where I live.
Acrylics, both on paper and on canvas, is my favorite medium because acrylics encourage a layered painting style with great depth. Texture is an integral component of my work, and comes from using a palette knife, and sometimes from using collage materials and texturizing tools. Texture adds interest and accentuates the motion in the scene. Luminous bright colors and a strong use of light and dark patterns recreate the excitement and energy of the moment.
In the future, I want to continue using moving figures to capture a moment in time, and to explore the essence of invisible forces, such as, wind, speed, music or joy, in the instant they touch the subjects of my paintings. Movement also creates exciting angles that allow me to compose background shapes that can be as strong and interesting as the shapes of the subjects.
I have been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1994. I am active in the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, which annually sponsors the “Art Harvest Studio Tour,” in which I have participated since 1997.
My work has been accepted into and won awards in numerous juried shows, including:
- The Northwest Watercolor Society Members Show
- Four Watercolor Society of Oregon shows
- The Beaverton Showcase
- The Chehalem Cultural Center
- The Coos Art Museum
- The OSU Forestry Center
- The International Pinot Noir Festival
My work is contained in the collections of the Allison Hotel, Chemeketa Community College, Oregon Health Sciences Hospital, the Jaquith Insurance agency, and numerous private collections worldwide.