My Journey & Inspiration
My first memory of creating art was a drawing done on a piece of scrap drywall when I was four years old. Art making has always been part of my life. Although I'm employed full time as an educator, artistic expression has slowly come to the forefront of my daily life. It has been a 10+ year journey to develop my skills, voice and an art making process that brings me joy.
Living in Deering NH, I am surrounded by the best that NH has to offer; hiking, snowshoeing, camping and kayaking with my husband and two dogs provides me with the inspiration for my art. I strive to represent those moments when I stop, look and take in the simple beauty of the landscape. Using bold texture and color helps me to express the energy and emotion of that moment.
From Inspiration to Painting
Paintings often begin when I'm compelled to snap a photo of a scene or do a watercolor and ink sketch in the field. When reviewing photographs, I wait for one to capture my attention and begin to manipulate the photo to work out composition. After printing these out, they may languish in the studio for some time until they inspire me. I might do a quick exploratory ink and watercolor sketch, and some may finally make their way to a textured acrylic painting.
Building Texture & Color
In my paintings I build texture using a variety of acrylic mediums, sometimes making deep marks with tools to convey motion and form. Layers of acrylic paint and/or glazes are then added to achieve bold color and depth.