Photo by Larry Wagner
I am gob-smacked by the beauty of nature, people and other animals. I include them in my art as symbols of relationships, concepts and energy.
Typically, I begin a composition or sculpture when I hear a compelling story or see some person or animal that moves me deeply. I will take that story or animal and create a narrative or symbolic story around the subject and from that, develop a composition.
Once my vision is clear, I proceed to paint, but I’m open to the magic of the process. Sometimes the art develops a life of its own and shows a different direction to go in, I follow it and am often delighted with the unexpected experience.
Although my work often includes animals, what I create arises from the common life experiences of all living beings: bonding, connecting, suffering, yearning, worrying….experiences of awe, angst and loss. Even if the concept is difficult or heart-breaking, I still like to make my pieces as beautiful as possible. For this reason, I often use gilding or metallic paints because of my lifelong fascination with the mesmerizing beauty of illuminated manuscripts.
Using this narrative combination of illumination with animal and human subjects, I hope to share with you a glimpse into the ethereal, the ephemeral, the magical, and the mysterious aspects of existence.