Several themes are evident in my figurative art. Human relationships. Human emotion. Social issues. Empathy. But no matter what the specific painting’s theme, the telling of universal stories through archetypal figures unifies the work. These characters invite the observer into the narrative to understand and to empathize. Each subject’s lived moment takes an honored place. Color plays a dominant role in supporting gesture and expressing mood. Outlines and the absence of extraneous details endow the image with a symbolic quality. High contrast, with sunlight forming the face and figure and casting shadows, often appears in the work.
Acrylic paint is my foundational medium, but I relish the complexity and playfulness that happens when I incorporate patterns, marker scribbles, or scraps of vintage maps into the painting. I work on various surfaces—paper, canvas, wood panels, and even corrugated cardboard. Any new material that raises the work’s tactile or emotional impact is a welcome opportunity to experiment.
Several sources provide inspiration. I sketch from life as opportunity arises, keeping a tiny sketchbook in my bag to record interesting postures. Movies and seminars provide venues for filling my sketchbook with drawings of the backs of people’s heads. I rummage through the family archives to unearth fuzzy but fascinating black and white images of kinfolk and unidentifiable oddballs from bygone days. I may sneak a surreptitious photo of someone in a compelling pose and add it to my photographic library. Images of friends and family who are willing to act out my ideas go into the library as well. And sometimes pure imagination feeds the creative process. These sources are fertile ground for my practice.
Accomplishments / CV
Artwork Archive Discovery Artist of the Week, June 15, 2020
Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Juror Kristin Rivas, 3rd place mixed media 2020
Viewer Favorite, North Richland Hills, NRH Pop Up Gallery (online), Third Place 2017
First Place Mixed Media, Art in the Garden (group exhibition), Fort Worth Botanic Gardens; curated by Judy T. Nelson, Dallas, TX 2016
Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition, Juror Kristin Rivas 2020
Art & Words Collaboration and Show (Bonnie Stufflebeam, juror) Fort Worth, TX 2020
Artsy Shark Featured Artist 2020
Stage West 41st Season Gallery Space, juried by Stage West committee 2020