Welcome to my new web site and blog. I am blogging in order to document my process as an artist and a business person. First, I would like to take a little time to introduce myself and my art.
I was born in Kansas and grew up in a lot of places, but mostly a small town in the mountains of Arizona. I have a degree in music performance, flute, from Wichita State University, and I have a degree in acupuncture. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona.
I began painting around the year 2000 as a way to keep myself busy and out of trouble. I am self-taught. I chose watercolor because I have always enjoyed the various techniques, subtleties, and transparency of the medium. I became hooked the first time I put a rich blob of paint in a pool of clear water and watched the pigment move as if it had a mind of its own, as if it were alive.
I found out later that watercolor is supposed to be a “difficult” medium. Which it is.
In 2012 I had brain surgery that got rid of neurological pain that had made me close to non-functional. After surgery I found that watercolors no longer could say what I felt needed to be said. They could not express the personal changes I was going through, i.e. deciding who I was after going through a debilitating disease. I discovered mixed media. I created artist’s books and three dimensional pieces.
A couple of years later I went back to watercolors. I had been trying for years to create deep color saturation in grays and pure colors and I finally figured out how to do it without creating mud. Watercolors, once again, could express my artistic ideas.
Now I work with watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. My acrylics/mixed media is so much different than my watercolors it is almost as if I am two separate people.
One of the major artistic influences in my life is Instagram. There are so many great artists on Instagram that it takes my breath away. While looking at the photos on Instagram I get a sort of permission to try new techniques and materials.
I hope you enjoy my art and my blog. Please feel free to contact me with any comments.