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I'm currently exploring mixed media abstract work. I have a particular interest in expressionist or intuitive painting where I can express the ideas that make up my inner world.

10.16.2021

Painting a Concept


My creative mind is a magpie - so easily distracted by every shiny new art technique, process, challenge it sees. The problem with this is when you jump around, you learn a small amount about lots of things and you don't see real progress in any one area. 

I've made a commitment to paint a group of paintings, a body of work in one type of media, using one subject and one concept. In other words, to dive deep into one idea and explore the various ways I can portray it in my art. This, my friends, is a true growth experience for me. 

And I have to give credit to David Limner and his partner, Jordan Blaquera's Create Anyway Collective program. A 12 week process to dive deep into how and why you create, making the effort to pay attention along the way and become aware of all the ways you sabotage and distract yourself from your stated purpose. 

I'm asking myself some hard questions, and I'm painting. I'm painting alot.

My new body of work will be pulled together by early December. I'll keep you posted.
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9.15.2021

Working in a Series


Flamethrower
24 x20 x 1.5";  mixed media; 2021

 I increase my success in abstract painting when I paint more than one at the same time. Using the same color palette, and working from one to another creates similar works with varying design. It allows me to loosen up since I get caught up more in the process and less invested in the result of one particular painting. I find it interesting that I tend to create mirror images when I paint two together. 

These paintings, "Flamethrower" and "Changemaker" can hang together as a diptych or singly. They will be showing in Las Vegas at Priscilla Fowler Fine Art's exhibit, Biomorphic Abstraction - opening September 17, 2021.


Changemaker
24 x 20 x 1.5"; mixed media, 2021


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7.30.2021

Loss at the Cellular Level

 


Loss at the Cellular Level, 24 x 18 x 1/8"
mixed media, framed

    I lost my younger brother to cancer this month. It was a cancer so brutal and aggressive that it took him down before he even had a chance to arm himself for the battle. He was one of the most intelligent people I've known. A voracious reader, he did the weekly crossword puzzle in ink. 
    Our world is so much less without him in it. We love you, James.

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6.06.2021

Poetry Play Date

 

 
Poetry Play Date, 2020
16 x 12" mixed media on canvas

This colorful abstract, created with acrylic, graphite, collage and a spirit of absolute joy is currently available on Artsy through Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery in Las Vegas

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5.14.2021

Women's Work

 I've started painting a series of work that has been following me around, whispering in my ear for the past couple years. "Women's Work" has to do with the quiet courage of women and is inspired by the women around me.

"Cowgirl Up", is inspired by Trish, my sister-in-law and sister of my heart. She's just that authentic and capable - always at your elbow when needed. Everyone should have such a badass cowgirl riding shotgun for them!

Cowgirl Up, 24 x 18 x 1", acrylic

"Manifesting Life" was inspired by my step daughter, Tricia, who recently gave birth to twin boys and makes motherhood look so easy. I wanted to convey the sense of wonder in the creation of new little people. 
"Manifesting Life", 24 x 18 x 1", acrylic

Finally, "Take Me Away" was created for my sister, Michelle, who lives a hectic life and has been wishing to find her way to a consistent mindfulness and self-care routine. I hope this ethereal triptych will help her along that path.

"Take Me Away", 20 x 16"/  24 x 18"/  20 x 16", mixed media

I look forward to seeing what will tap me on the shoulder next!


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Now Showing: Flambe'ed Pears


 Flambe'ed Pears, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas is 40 x 30 x 1.5" and is currently showing at Portland on the Park Luxury Condominiums in Phoenix, Arizona through August 2021

My medium is acrylic on canvas and my inspiration is the natural desert that borders my home in north Phoenix. In this piece, I explored the combination of a strong graphic composition with painterly use of rich acrylic color to build depth of tone and play of light on the intriguing shapes of cactus I find on my daily walks.

Update: this work was sold to the Portland on the Park Art Project and will hang in the condominium's public areas.


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