I owned a successful wholesale business for twenty-five years. I closed my business in 2010 and began to paint canvases, filling my days with art was exactly what I needed. My wholesale location turned into my studio.
In 2010, I participated in a Robert Burridge workshop, changing my style. I started applying paint with my fingers in a fast, loose manner, not concentrating on details or focusing on the end result; but allowing the painting to develop in its own way.
I layer thin acrylic pigments on randomly textured and painted canvases revealing the under painting in unexpected areas. It is an uncontrolled, experimental technique. My paintings invite the viewer to explore what is beneath the surface.
A good day produces work I cannot believe my hands created; a bad day produces the under paintings. Often my work expresses emotions. Sometimes the images are something pleasant to view, but many times they are emotions people usually hide. For a few years now I have been painting expressive faces and figurative pieces. They are not always easy to live with; however, they are pieces that will remain interesting. The viewer may not understand the work, but they are drawn to it. There have been several incidences when a piece has been purchased and years later the owner contacts me saying that they now understand why that piece spoke to them. I think in some small way it may be God helping us. I know that painting is a gift for me. My hope is that someone else may enjoy my work.
"Painting is the most frustrating and at the same time most exhilarating work I have ever done."
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