Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
After not being able to finish art school I focused my energy on my corporate career and nearly forgot that I was an artist. Doodling in meetings and succumbing to stress of the workplace and a not so great personal life, I became ill and decided to use art as part of my therapy. I have been painting ever since. Painting after work, on the weekend or whenever I can, life has never been better!
It took a while after not painting for nearly 20 years to get back into the swing of things but after a year of struggling to find myself, I did it. I'm inspired by bold colors, street art and graffiti and once I worked to incorporate this inspiration into my most recent series of paintings. My work went from, "I'm not sure who I am as an artist.... What's my style" to "THIS is it!! HERE I AM!"
Circles (IMG_7508) 24x24 Acrylic on canvas
"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
I want my art to make viewers “oohhh and ahhhh” with joy! I want people to feel refreshed and happy after viewing my work. So many people are afraid to put color in their life and it’s possible that is what I was put on this earth to do; introduce people to brilliant color. I love watching people smile while they look at my work and they don't even realize it's happening.
Birch #9 (IMG_8737) 9x12 Acrylic on canvas board
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
My high school art teacher Ms. Quello consistently demanded that I sit down, stop talking and finish my work. Well, after 20+ years of focusing my attention on a career in Corporate America, I decided to take Ms. Quello’s advice and started finishing work I started in high school. I have been focusing on my artwork ever since and it has been paying off.
Tell me about your work space and your creative process.
When working in my studio, I use the floor, easel, tables and anything else I can use to prop up my pieces while they drip and dry. I use a lot of plastic to protect the walls, ceilings and floors and have made a small investment in the stock of plastic so I never run out.
I’m able to create work in small scale without much need of a studio, however my larger pieces demand texture and I’m more than happy to oblige. I throw the paint liberally and lose myself in the process. Once I’m done, I step back for a break and allow the piece to dry for the next layer of paint.
I typically have close to 5-6 paintings in progress at any given time. I layer the paint over and over to create a texture worthy of touch… It’s not until I have that gut feeling that I stop and look within the paint to see the portrait it has within it. Once I see it, I use only my fingers to paint the final portrait.
Push Me Daddy - 24x48 Mixed Media on canvas
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? (Provide links)
I will be participating and more art fairs around the state and I’m hoping to start a series of smaller pieces so they are more affordable at the local fairs. What good is art if no one can afford to purchase it?