Painting and drawing invite me to "SEE" and sense my world. I'm invited into a conversation.
People are a favorite subject of mine, particularly catching them in special moments when their eyes hold a bit of mischief, fear, alone/loneliness, boldness or joy; when they are uniquely themselves. While I try and capture their image, it's also fun to catch the universality in their expressions and activities.
Fortunate enough to travel, I use my camera to zero in on special sights, oddities, details. I'm less likely to paint the scenery, but instead focus on a corner of a market, tile rooftop patterns, Laotian school girls with sun umbrellas… Sailboats often figure into my paintings.
I like to play with paints often using bold, bright, hot colors. When my watercolors would not drip like acrylics, I tried several paintings using drinking straws to blow the watercolor paint across the paper to create exciting, out of control, giggle-producing paintings.
In workshops and classes the invitation is always there to stretch and learn and grow. I'm currently exploring light and shadows, glazing and plein air painting.