TIME & SPACE to EXPERIENCE ~ LEARN ~ GROW
I currently reside in the Tidewater area of Virginia having previously lived throughout the United States and in western Europe. My education in the arts has been varied, and I have had some formidable guides along the way. My mother, an art major herself, came of age when abstraction and expressionism were guiding forces, and took away any anxiety or compulsion I might have had about making a work “look real”. Tom Moore, currently of Fayetteville, N.C., made the lightbulbs go on when he told me about color, and that there were “a million right ways to paint, and only three or four wrong ones.” Cleo Mullins, then teaching Art Conservation at Virginia Commonwealth University, taught me about the importance of respecting the physical characteristics of materials, the character of any artist`s mark, sheer physical endurance, and about the impact of the passage of time. I hold an undergraduate degree in Art History from VCU; my graduate studies in the same were conducted as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, and I completed a Masters of Fine Art in Visual Studies in December of 2012.
Before coming to the easel regularly, I have worked as a writer, editor, a museum administrator, teacher and illustrator. My current focus is on exploring the reflective qualities and the subtle tonal scales of silverpoint, and the transparency of oil paint. I like to paint things that are close at hand, and draw what is closer yet. I am always looking for the interstices where ordinary things shift and become something extraordinary and work to capture that shift. Usually there’s a portrait on an easel in the studio as well-I enjoy the challenge of portraiture and its collaborative nature. In painting them, I am guided by the principle that much is revealed about a subject in the casual parenthesis and that life is a rich pageant.
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