Painting is the language I use to explore my intuitive attraction to light, space and color.
For 20 years I have worked in my studio surrounded by the Benicia industrial waterfront on the Carquinez Strait. This environment challenges me to move from natural landscapes to urban landscapes. My Arsenal, Cargo Ships and Industrial series evolved from living among diverse transport vehicles, bridges, long walkways and slanting rooftops. Subjects seen daily become my imagery, as shapes of light transform immense ships, shadows filter across structural planes, light settles softly on buildings and distant hills.
The Yuba Site series began by observing the ruined architecture of the 1850s Yuba Factory in Benicia before its 2007 demolition. Shafts of light poured through decayed roofs to encompass detritus left behind by people who had repaired paddlewheel steamers, fabricated gold dredging machines and howitzer guns, until finally the space became artists’ studios.
Although the subject of my artwork continues to change over time, the search for a connection between light, space and structure remains the same. After painting ambient light permeating space from a distant view, I’m now working with direct light on small objects, in still lifes of toys. In this series called Play-Things, objects interact in humorous luminance, and at times their shadows are strong physical presences.
I work primarily with oil paint and monotype printmaking but also with encaustic, pastel, and watercolor. Each material’s unique fluidity guides my exploratory process from subject to image; and painting in Series helps me to discover my intentions alongside formal concerns, looking in-depth at the many variations.
Leaving the expansive horse country of Eastern WA after my graduate work, I returned to Northern CA and began my Battle series using the horse as a personal and global subject. I appropriated Rubens and Delacroix artworks for their rhythmic compositions, and explored my process of handling paint alongside my reactions to historical subject matter. Concurrent to this series, I painted the natural Landscape in WA, OR and CA.