I think of my paintings as meditations. I begin by drawing forms that I see in the world around me or in my architectural photos.
In my quest for simplicity, I love to isolate shapes, minimize details, and limit my color palette.
One painting leads to another like the calming rhythmic flow of my breath.
I was born in Fort Devon’s Army Base Hospital in Massachusetts during WW2. Mother and I lived with family members until my father returned from serving in Europe.
Growing up, I studied dance and acting and was always drawing. My first mentor was a high school drama coach who encouraged me to pursue acting and to continue drawing. I did both although the latter became my true passion.
I dropped out of college and favored hanging out with musicians and artists. My husband at the time (a painter) and I shared a living and studio space in the carriage house of a building where we often held life drawing sessions and grand parties for our cadre of creative friends.
My figurative, still-life, and landscape painting skills evolved over the years as I traveled and lived in India, Paris, Rome, Spain, Greece, and France. Often working from photographs, my interest in architecture also took hold.
Eventually settling in Southern Arizona, I created whimsical colorful scenic paintings that garnered awards, gallery representations, and a steady collector base.
Five years ago, I made an abrupt and conscious decision to completely alter my artistic perspective and style. I stopped painting people and scenery and began experimenting with a non-objective approach. This ‘aha’ moment was rooted in my quest for simplicity.
Such a drastic shift may seem odd to some, but the truth is that I had been intrigued by abstraction and architectural elements for years. Learning about the Bauhaus and Brutalist movements influenced me as well.
As I approach the eighth decade of my life, a box of paints, an easel, simple geometrical shapes, and a limited color palette make my heart sing!
Acrylic & Ink drawing
Painting with oils