"My influence as an abstract expressionist artist is continually impacted by my life's journey. I identify my own philosophy with Kandinsky's quote concerning the "inner necessity"; the very reason that inspires me to engage in the creative process."
"My influence as an abstract expressionist artist is continually impacted by my life's journey. Teaching art as a part of that journey was significant as I researched many artists in order to be prepared to teach. This research simultaneously affected my own stylistic decisions as I finalized my graduate level education.
My artwork continues to evolve through the lens of my emotional and intellectual response to life's experiences. The product is a reflection of the enmeshment of inner world experiences, the soul that holds all the intangible spiritual values and outer world influence, a broad spectrum; meaning, nature, people, and literature.
What I do in my studio is a daily process I call a “vital creative activity.” It stems from what Kandinsky said is an “inner necessity”. My work is 2-D on canvas or paper. Sometimes I use mixed media to communicate a particular theme. I use acrylic and oil, and often I combine these materials. Because I am inspired by the colors of nature, my work is colorful. I would like to quote Helen Frankenthaler who said “it is a combined conscious and subconscious effort “ and I agree that often it can be spontaneous.
I would like the viewer to engage in my art and take away from whatever they feel it communicates to them.
After teaching for over 30 years I have learned that knowledge impedes progress and progress comes through hard work and consistency. It is always exciting to see what the next painting will be. Therefore, I am always expecting the unexpected to unfold in my work; I embrace the future for its mysterious unknown path that keeps me focused and challenges my creative options."
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