Making art chose me at an early age and has sustained me through many challenges. I love words too, but they are never enough. Art is a way of sensing, seeing and connecting beyond words and what is visible.
Sometimes I make a finished “product” and sometimes not. What is important to me is to stay open to working and what I do not know and to “practice” much as one would to master a musical instrument.
Intention gets me started. For example, I love sand dunes because they recall cherished childhood vacations. Even when I do dune paintings, which are images I know well, I do not see the final painting ahead of making it. I feel my way to done!
Drawing skill and touch, intelligence about color and knowing how to use materials are essential to me because I want more than a happy accident. Also critical, is being able to look at something I’ve made weeks or months (or longer) after it was made and decide if it works or not.
The result is many paintings that don’t work which, though frustrating, does not negate the engagement and seeking through art.
My involvement with art also includes a love of art history, teaching art, looking at art, being with my artist friends, reading about art and artists and thinking about the power of creative work. I believe that art is for everyone.
I share my art, sketchbook and rants as testimony to the power of art.