COLOR - HUE - TONE - MOVEMENT
Art, in its many forms, has been a life-long interest. I majored in art and interior design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, but never had a chance to pursue it as a career. Over the years, I dabbled in oil and pastel painting focusing on many styles including realistic, abstract and impressionistic. My last venture was as a juried member in the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild. My love of nature led me to work with all types of dried natural materials including flowers, leaves, pods, cones, and even seaweed. I created topiaries, wreaths, ornaments, swags and arrangements. This tied in with my interior design background, as I created many unique custom pieces planned specifically for a particular place in the customer's home.
My current artist focus is in alcohol ink painting. I have always loved color and could never pick a favorite. Alcohol inks allow me to play with colors as I have never been able to do before. The variety of colors and mixtures are limitless from bold and bright to muted and subtle. I love to experiment with hard and soft edges, or no real edge as the ink transitions from one hue to the next. Some colors look great set off with metallics, while other colors have undertones that are fun to bring out. Lately I have been experimenting with masking techniques, both understated and obvious.
My goals are simple. I want to continue to develop my techniques, find new methods to play with the inks and to inspire the viewer to fall in love with color in all of its manifestations.
I love to look past the obvious of the colors on the paper to see what the shades, movement and design bring to mind. Each picture for me, is a lively walk through my imagination into creating an image filled with a variety of contrasting or tone-on-tone colors to bring either intensity, nuances, luminosity, or soft undertones. I have never had this much fun creating and experimenting. I like to see what the viewer imagines they see in the picture.