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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.

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4.05.2022

Group Your Work

I'm always surprised, when taking photos of my work for exhibition submissions or such, how wonderful they look in a group. Even when they were painted separately, (not in a series), they just seem to go together - to be part of the same story. 
One of the more difficult tasks for an artist to achieve is the ability to objectively assess your own work. It's easy to get tunnel vision when working in the studio, so that you don't recognize or become blind to the characteristics of your work that makes it yours. I've come to find that photographing work as a group has shown me truths about my work that I just don't see when documenting them individually. 

It's interesting to see how my composition, color palette choices, brushwork and edges change as I grow as an artist or move into new directions. Seeing the patterns in the work is instructive.


If ever you feel confused or lost in your work, I really recommend grouping  it together for photo sessions. You'll see new patterns and clues to where you've been and where you're going. It could be really helpful to give you insights into your own creative journey.




















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12.04.2021

Lost and Found

 My latest collection of work was inspired by the paradox: "Every new beginning starts with an ending"


This collection began with the Create Anyway Collective course I took this winter with the artist David Limrite and his life coach partner, Jordan Blaquera.

I don't think I've ever grown so much within a course as I have in this one. Designed to assist artists in creating a cohesive body of work around a self directed theme, all the while managing their artist mindset, this course is a powerful 12 week journey. It promotes discipline, self awareness and productivity, with empowerment sessions and critiques along the way to keep you on track.

For myself, just looking inward to my own truth as an artist was worth the price of admission. But learning to create around a concept rather than just a visual plan was quite the evolution.

My theme was human transition through loss. It is a theme I'm well acquainted with. I walked that transformative path of grief as a young widow, then was moved to become a hospital palliative nurse to help patients and their families grapple with end of life issues. It's been an incredible artistic challenge and also emotionally therapeutic to translate these experiences visually.

The 10 paintings I created comprise my Lost and Found collection and can be found in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.




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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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