Welcome to how I see life, its images, lines and shadows, angles and form, hues and shades!
I was introduced to art, like a lot of children, early in life. My Mom was a painter, my aunts were artists, one was a fashion designer. So, along with my sibs' we learned not only the scribble-to-drawing kids do, but the ideas of perspective, color and lay-out. From this nice send-off, I attended college in Jersey under the guise of getting my degree in commercial art. Yet, I quit that. In those days, I was focused and quite driven to earn 'the almighty dollar'....so instead wound up using my organizational and budding technology skills and became a wiz in selling and teaching all about the new (at the time) "Personal Computers" as well as the Mac.
I did continue to create. I did more marketing and political or non-profit graphic work (in those days most of it was still done by hand!) And now and then I'd do a wall mural, art for anniversary or wedding favor booklets, art for invitations, posters, graphic murals and always acrylic paintings. Also, I began a life of avid photography, often shooting that which I'd like to paint.
Eventually I expanded into pastels, dabbled (and still love) wheel/pottery-throwing and sculpture and continued to hone my skills in painting and photography. I returned to college and attained my masters in counseling and human development (I love nature and I love to nurture). During these years as well, I focused on a minor in fine arts. My skills increased, my vision and sensitivity to form was enhanced and then I began experimenting with electronic methods of art.
I enjoy pure photo work though my biggest rush is when I combine images in overlays to create depth and a nice meandering for the eye! While I paint a lot of the work offered here, I adore creating the complexity of photo manipulation, layering images, collage work and many of the funky and exciting tools of a digital workplace.
So, here, I am building a new stage in life--- not sure if I want to use the word 'career'. No longer employed in the often recognized 'normal way' that earns one a paycheck. I am merrily and serenely focusing on the creative. I say with joy, "I am an artist". I like the idea that I can take the elements of art, then put it on canvas (or board, or a wall) and leave it for others to consider. And by doing this...I may possibly bring a smile, a thought, a raised eyebrow or some kind of reaction from you...and that my friends, is my new focus. To bring the creative to life and perhaps, to your life. I also enjoy teaching art. I offer painting classes for small groups. I welcome hearing from you if you're in my region!
I offer my expressionistic style to you...I can manage custom work, and I also do remarkable collages both using actual objects as well as "photo-collaging" miniatures of objects into a remarkable display. (For example, for a new college student, I photo-miniaturized all his trophies, certificates, jerseys and combined these with newspaper articles, certificates and photos of him growing up and created a lovely keepsake canvas for his dorm room. Similarly, I've combined the lives of two persons being married into a lovely landscape canvas with paint as well as photo work! Ask for more info!)
Thanks for visiting me. Enjoy the views! If you have comments, suggestions for works or want a quote, please ask!