Artist Statement

Artist Statement – Abstract Rocks

Rocks

These abstract paintings are based on the rocks in central Oregon where I live. While hiking one day I was inspired by the variety of rocks and rock formations along the trail. They became the perfect metaphor for stability and grounding – something I was craving during these troubling times.

These are mixed media pieces made primarily with acrylic paints, oil pastels and graphite pencils.


Artist Statement – Birds

City Girl

I am inspired by nature– birds in particular. Their behavior is entertaining. Sometimes they are mysterious. Often they are brave and bold. They inspire me every day.

Some of the birds I’ve seen out my window – quail, juncos, goldfinches are the impetus for a new painting. What starts as a junco may or may not end up being a junco. I really have no idea how it will end. It is that flexibility and spontaneity of materials and ideas that keep it fresh. I use what the painting needs.

I work with a variety of new and recycled materials including acrylic paints, oil pastels, paper, photographs, fabric, graphite and ink.

These paintings represent my feelings about the degree of success to which humans and animals coexist. The triangles represent glass shards. Torn paper and collaged elements represent litter and textured surfaces represent air and water pollution.

The whimsical nature of these paintings is more about my personality than anything.

 

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