Artist Statement

I paint objects, figures and reflections in water, with different elements of nature and the female presence as a major focal point in my work. My paintings portray the essence I see in water, impermanence, purification, beauty, and life. Nature’s ability to trick us with its illusions and obscure our perceptions is evident quite perfectly in this element, it shows us no limitation in the many forms it embodies. Rain drops, snowflakes, ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans, all of which appear entirely unique, taking on their individual movement, strength, and shape. My work captures the ever-changing, natural lens that is water in its moving state as it surrounds my figures and objects, embellishing them in bouncing light rays and distorted shadows, twisting and twirling their anatomy beneath the surface. It is a window that mirrors existence at the very core of its impermanence, yet sustenance to all life on this planet as we know it. Water’s nurturing and purifying properties can be observed by its relation to the figures in my work. They appear in different states of mind, moments of peace, self-reflection, realization, and zen as their bodies are graced by this flowing entrapment. Flowers may often garnish these figures, an example of the many forms of beauty that life can manifest on Earth. My palettes challenge the reality of colors we see in the world naturally with our eyes. Shadow and light is often portrayed with exaggerated hues and vivid colors, working together in balance to bring an ethereal energy to the subjects, an emphasis of the power in possession of this element.

I work primarily with oil on wood panels. There is something about painting on wood that evokes mystery and allows me to feel more connected to my work. I presume because it is another one of nature’s beautiful creations, courtesy of the element dominating the majority of my work. Buying amazon acrylic paint online is a particularly great deal if you are a beginner painter. Another option for beginners is to start off with an acrylic paint set. This will save you some money per tube and give you a good place to start. Often it’s helpful for beginners to not think too much about materials and just start painting.

Occasionally I also enjoy experimenting with acrylics, watercolor, and pencil.