In 2009, I started creating art to relieve myself from the stress I was experiencing in daily life. I would use my family members as models and paint 24” x 24” portraits. A few years later I was visiting the national US Botanic Garden and I became inspired to paint flowers. I find that a flower’s beauty, color, and texture evoke deep emotion within me. My art conveys this emotion and when people see my work, I would like it to induce any type of feeling or memory.
A new painting begins when I find subject matter that inspires me. I become like a child on Christmas morning, impatient to render the image on canvas. I create with acrylic paints, because I am sensitive to chemicals. I love the brilliant color that is achievable and strive to make my subject matter pop from the canvas visually. The technological development of acrylics facilitates their blending and drying times, making it easier for me to blend and create believable, fabulous textures.
This year I am venturing outside my comfort zone to paint other subject matter found in nature. I am exploring different size canvases and the newer technological upgrades in acrylic paints. I look forward to creating a cohesive study of pebbles that I depict in a colorful vitality that does not quite exist in nature. The technical advance of my materials allows me not only to enhance my skill, but to more creatively represent how I see the natural world.