I have been painting most of my life and continue to find it not only stimulating and challenging, but a part of my being. I strive with each new painting to realize a fuller potential from myself and the work. I have studied and been influenced by the abstract expressionist painters from the movement in the 1950’s and before. Artists such as Hoffman, Rothko ,Motherwell, Mitchell, and others on the East coast primarily, although my strongest influence has been Richard Diebenkorn and the works he did in California and then New Mexico. I have degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Architectural interior design, and art. I practiced interior design as a professional member of ASID, in San Francisco CA. for 25 years, owning my own design firm in that area. When I retired in 2000 ,my family moved to Santa Fe NM where I began painting full time and studying with an established abstract painter there. Over the years I believe I have found myself in my art and while I will always experiment, as is the case with all good painters , I now am feeling at home with the evolution of my work. I believe that the many years I worked as an interior designer, surrounded with color, texture and composition involving the challenge of creating beauty and excitement by combining those elements has sharpened my senses and has influenced how I paint today. Actually because I paint in layers using glazes and handmade papers along with the paint and other mediums, I am constantly concerned with how these elements interact with one another in much the same way as when I was designing a house.I find myself always questioning if the elements of the painting are working together and if they are not! My recent body of work , “Under Construction”, grew out of an idea based on my previous experiences working with architectural plans while practicing design and construction in California. It is, I believe a unique combination; embedding architectural plans into a painting, an idea which I intend to pursue further.
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