I am a native San Diegan but spent the first part of my adult life traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. After attending La Sorbonne, I returned to San Diego. It was there where my life took a distinguishing turn. I was diagnosed with MS at the age of 29. Upon the realization that my life was never to be the same, I began my journey as a professional artist. I started out as a watercolorist and gradually was drawn towards working in oil.
My subject has always related to feminine shapes and forms both figuratively and in nature, to ordinary items, as well as to the imperfections that are the true source of beauty and uniqueness in all things. Another interest of mine has been the expression through color and the drama of large format images which has led me to explore the colorful abstract pieces in my abstract expression collection.
As I continue my artistic journey I blend both the organic shapes in nature and the beauty of the feminine form with vibrant colors and bold strokes to create an image that captivates the viewer. The lines, splatter, and geometric forms in my work add an abstraction that creates interest. These patterns are reflective of the experiences or the missed experiences we all have and how everything leaves a pattern on who we are.
I have always considered my art to be a continuing conversation with myself and the world around me, and to be an expression and exploration of what it is to be a woman. In my organic work, I used the shapes and forms to suggest feminine sexuality, and in my surreal works, I put forth the “Objet de Beaute” that we are and seen as. My figurative works are images about the variety of a woman’s form and features, the figurative with botanical combines two of my favorite subject matters and my abstracts explore the wonder of color.
ARTIST STATEMENT – ABSTRACT WORK
My subject matter has always included an emphasis on color and composition. In my abstract work I am focusing on the visuals that are produced for me in music. Based on “Attenti” a 17th and 18th Century popular movement in music to create a piece of work (musical) that evokes a specific emotion. This was popular especially in Italy with Opera. For me with painting this can be a literal visual of what rhythm looks like to me, a place that piece of music takes me ,or an image that is brought forth by a particular piece of music. I listen to a very eclectic variety of music and incorporate the emotions I feel by the sound of the music I am listening to. I work with both palette knife, wipe off, and dry brush techniques and am continuingly exploring new and unusual utensils to create new affects to create surfaces that are interesting and intriguing to the eye.
FEMININE BOTAICAL – FIGURATIVE/PORTRAIT WORK
My inspirations come from the form and shape in nature I find reflective of the archetypal image of the feminine. In this relatively new series I have added the female form immersed in the leaves and vines that wrap and cross her torso as if a tattoo of the life around her or pattern across her face. I also include lines and grid patterns which are reflective of the patterns that are left on all of us individually, either by what has happened or (symbolized by the negative space) what has not.
BOTANICAL WORK – SUCCULENT AND OTHER FORM OF BOTANICALS
My inspirations for this series of work come from the nature that surrounds me in San Diego and has throughout my travels. I use the rich colors I see in the plants and seek to combine them with the patterns of light reflected in the negative space created between the leaves and branches. I drip and splatter paint symbolic of the imperfections that create the unique beauty of each individual plant.
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I spent the first half of my life studying abroad and traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. Upon returning I searched to find what it was I was meant to do. In 1990 through the trials of an illness, I discovered my voice in art. In my works in oils on canvas, I explore the, sometimes, mundane world of nature, it’s imperfections and the process of change. I choose my subjects based on the beauty in the imperfect and find the unique and original in the torn or blemished and ordinary.
In my works in oils, I draw from my emotion, seek out the sensual shapes and color in nature to create a rich, even bordering on sexual image filled with beauty. My inspirations come from the details of nature, the simplicity of form and shape, ordinary items and the imperfections, and the process of change, as well as how they can and do symbolize the human condition.