My love of color, texture and all things vibrant has expressed itself in so many ways over the years: clothing, jewelry, gardens, fabrics, decorating, staging, home design and one of my all-time favorite things to do – paint.
Beginning with acrylics, exploring pastels and finally settling on oils, I found that each medium has opened a part of my soul and allowed its creative spirit to reveal itself. I have found a joy that I am able to share with others while liberating my inner urges to create.
My love of gardening, flowers, leaves, grasses, bark and all things found in nature has nudged its way into my paintings. My favorite way to paint is en plein-air. When I lived in New England, I found that the plein-air season was quite short. With that in mind I decided to start several paintings throughout the warmer part of the year, taking lots of reference photos and finishing them in my studio over the cold months. Over a few days I would draft the outline of a painting while standing in a field, on the side of the road or in the woods. Once I had the foundation of the painting – color, sunlight, texture, composition – in place I moved on to the next. With several half-completed paintings calling my attention, the weather cooling and the light waning, I was ready to move into the studio for the winter and complete my paintings.
I have recently moved to the North Carolina shore. It has offered me a new love affair with plants, trees, flowers and now shells, birds and sand. Lots and lots of sand. I am excited to explore these new opportunities to paint in-plein-air. With the seasons inverted I have so much more time outside, even though I hide during the heat of the summer. I may need to change my completion process, or I’ll end up with too many “incompletes”! But it will be so exciting to find out.