Connect to the Hidden Mystery
When you look at my paintings, even if you're sitting at your desk at work, you are reminded of just how awe-inspiring and wonderfully mysterious the world can be--and that we too are part of that mystery. Clients tell me that they feel they recognize my imaginary landscapes from their dreams and visions. That's just what I want for you--the sense of a reconnection to the magical world that sometimes feels very far away, even impossible in our difficult, tumultuous lives.
Most of my imagery comes from my imagination. A light sleeper, instead of spending the time I am awake in the middle of the night worrying about things, I deliberately open myself up to spirit and to my own subconscious. Images come to me, and unlike with dreams, which I often forget as soon as I wake up, I remember them and make notes about them the next day in my art journal. I also use that quiet time to arrange paintings in my head--to try out colors, patterns, structure. Even so, when I sit down to paint, the image might morph. But that's okay, as long as I feel like it still connects to the hidden power and beauty of our world.
I studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early seventies, but life happened and I had to drop out. I kept doing art for myself, but not in any professional way. After working in watercolors and colored pencil for decades, I switched to acrylics because of the number of glazes that that medium allowed me to employ. When I developed a sensitivity to wet acrylic paint, I tried various other mediums and settled on watercolor, gouache, and true casein. In order to have a greater selection of colors and more control over viscosity, I make my own paints from pigments, gum arabic, casein, and borax. Casein has been used since ancient Rome and is the oldest of all paint mediums. I have to admit I love the intensity of its colors on paper and the enormous variety of pigments available to people who make their own paints.
I am open to doing commissions related to spiritual, esoteric, or magical concepts. You can contact me at email@example.com
"Sunwheel" and "Rose Moon Spirit" in Art League Rhode Island Associate Members Exhibition, May 6-June 24, 2017
"Chthonia" in "Abstracts," March 2016, Light Space Time Gallery.
"Nightfall" and "Moon Over Water" in "Skies," March 2016, Colors of Humanity Gallery.