In my pieces, my goal is to “go deep” (thank you Leigh Hyams). I enjoy inhabiting The Zone — that inner creative space that likes to express itself without thinking about it. For the paper pieces, I started with pencil, often referring to a photo I’ve taken. From there I dove into the watercolors palette and then worked into the painting with pastel, charcoal and sometimes a graphite crayon. Occasionally I work in a few spoons of dirt (especially if it’s French).
For my abstract paintings, I abandoned working from photos and enjoy seeing what happens if I work from my gut and feelings. The results are frequently a splattering of raw emotion on paper. I feel privileged to travel to that wonderful land where time stops — where it’s only me, watercolor paper or canvas and the media (accompanied by iTunes, of course). It’s a satisfying place to visit, and I often leave drained, tired and happy — except when I feel frustrated, furious and like a failed artist who has no business doing such things.
I started taking watercolor classes in the 1980s when I lived in Oregon. In 2008 I stumbled into an art workshop with Leigh Hyams, and became a devoted follower of her methods and instruction. With her guidance I expanded beyond the boundaries I had been inhabiting. As I grow as an artist, and take my artistic expressions more seriously, I nd that painting is becoming as necessary as breathing. My studio is located in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.
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