When choosing a title for my exhibit I thought about the overall intention of my work, which is to evoke a
sense of calm or introspection with the viewer. Thus the title “Breathing Space” seemed very apt.
With my landscapes, I have been inspired by the primitive energy
of nature with all of its spiritual associations of color and light. The imagery is taken from my immediate environment, especially
the turbulence of the clouds, the colors created by weather and the natural patterning of the earth.
My second body of work, the “arabesques”, is comprised of floral abstractions
which I began as a means of experimenting with less euro-centric formats. Asian and Arabic floral paintings and fabrics especially
influence the interwoven plant and flower shapes in these pieces.
process for both types of work is one of layering the elements until the composition is complete. I develop up to 15 paintings
at the same time… working on my studio floor, on easels and walls. This manner of production keeps me from getting
overly emotional about a particular piece. If something isn’t working, I simply move on to the next. I do on-site sketches
of both landscapes and plant forms and take these into my studio to develop my paintings. However, the finished pieces are
less about specific places or objects, and more about my interpretation of the environment and my intuitive sense of design