My work has evolved over the years from realistic watercolors to abstract designs in acrylic and mixed media. The likely catalyst for this change was a bout with cancer which brought about many “rethinking what’s important” moments. I realized I had been working with processes which were rigid, traditional and a bit tedious for me, but I was afraid to break out of my box. After the cancer scare, I allowed myself the freedom to have fun, try new things, get out of my comfort zone and play with design, color and materials. I have never looked back.
I usually start a piece with no pre-conceived idea of what it will ultimately become, but a sort of “relational connection” develops as the work progresses. Sometimes the relationship is easy and harmonious; sometimes it is full of conflict which must be resolved…just like life. Rather than depict a literal image, I hope to convey the feeling, energy and essence of the organic forms which inspire me.
University of Maryland, Germany & Jefferson Davis Junior College, MS
Texas Artist’s Coalition & Trinity Arts Guild