Artist Statement

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I am fascinated by space, not as an exact location, but as a mysterious place, an infinite place of wonder with shifting atmospheres and moods. Color, circular shapes, and layers are elemental to my abstract nature-inspired paintings. I work with multiple transparent layers of watercolor and gouache, along with crayon and colored pencil, shaping the piece as I go. Guided by intuition, I aim to capture a feeling rather than a concrete reality. Transformation is at the core of my work as I seek a world beyond my reasoned experience. 

 

These visceral spaces exist outside the flow of my daily life; I enter a meditative state when painting. My process is dynamic, and I invite spontaneity by pouring liquid paint on paper. Following my intuition and trusting when to stop and when to work back into the painting is contrary to how I often exist in other areas of my life. I am a planner, a list-maker, someone who likes to know what to expect. Therefore, making work in this intuitive way stands in sharp contrast to other parts of myself.  It’s the letting go that allows this work to come forward.  I am enthralled by the not knowing, the seeking, the discovery. It’s exciting to work in this tactile way, embracing the tension between my need for control and my desire to uncover the unknown.

 

In my most recent work, my focus has been on space, not as an exact location, but as a mysterious, infinite expanse. Many years ago, I found text taken from documented UFO sightings. Struck by the poetic summarized accounts, I began to play with them as inspiration for my paintings. I am not interested in whether these sightings are true. I am instead fascinated by our desire to glimpse beyond the world we know.  

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