Painting came to me by way of weaving. As a tapestry weaver from 1982-1997, I feel I learned to paint with wool and in 1998, I switched to painting full-time. I am primarily a landscape painter, working in oils. Recently, figures in the landscape, interiors and still life have become an additional focus. Having grown up on the ocean and spending much of my childhood on and around boats, I've recently been enjoying painting boats, beaches and seascapes.
Most of my work begins with a small study, en plein air, 'in the open air' whenever possible, or in the studio from still life or memories reawakened by the photographs I take wherever I go. A painting can develop from a very small 'moment' taken from a larger scene or simply from colors, atmosphere and/or a feeling evoked that just strikes a chord in me. From the small studies I often work in a larger scale.
Though representational in style, my aim is to paint the emotion of a place rather than focusing on specific local information. I remind myself constantly of the expression, less is more'; what is left out of the painting is as important as what is put in. It is the absence, the space between the lines, that jogs the senses and invites emotional involvement between the viewer and the painting.
I hope you enjoy looking at my work! Please feel free to contact me with regard to purchasing paintings or go to my galleries' websites which you can link to in the News/Gallery section. Your feedback is always welcome.