Artist Statement

What is most gratifying to me, is the continual sense of discovery in the painting process.  It is  the same with daily living... change and adaptation.  My work is rarely preconceived, and the shapes and colors evolve naturally.  Sometimes, many of the  passages in my paintings are purposefully indecipherable.  I find such ambiguity in life, as well.
I love rich texture development and the sensuousness of the paint.  It seems the more mature I become, the more I gravitate to bold colors.  I let my painting speak to me and tell me what it needs.  Sometimes, I'll add collage, Japanese paper, crayon, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, until I am satisfied that it “works”.
Rhythm and movement are important in my work because I like to be in tune with the flow of life.  Lately, I have begun to work loose and juicy and keep the colors spontaneous. Figures are finding their way onto the canvas, which is an exciting new direction.  Where I am in my life, and what I am shows up in my work.   How could it be otherwise?
When I’m inspired, I get excited because I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.”
Dolly Parton, singer, and ac tress