My attraction to skewed perspectives and angles in architectural photos resulted in my obsession with creating abstract paintings.
By juxtaposing patterns, edges, and planes in a puzzle-like fashion, my intent is to produce a picture that is seemingly simple yet complex enough to intrigue the viewer.
My first foray into art occurred when I was about 6 years old while fishing in a lake near my grandmother’s house. The iridescent scales on the fish ignited my imagination and I got the brilliant idea that a fish would make a great play toy. When I was told I couldn't bring a dead fish on the plane, my response was a tantrum!
I promised myself that I would persist in being a full-time artist no matter what. But, right out of college, the economy tanked, and I was forced to accept jobs that would pay the bills. I always managed to squeeze in time for painting while working and raising my family.
About ten years ago, I took the plunge, and although my adult children were dubious about my sanity, I had the support of my husband, Jim, and I quit my teaching job to work on my art career full-time.
My home studio is located in the small town of Oracle, Arizona. Jim, who is a professional photographer, and I travel often throughout the Southwest and along the scenic U.S. Route 89 that runs from Mexico to Canada. While in my studio, I spend days experimenting with color combinations, patterns, and spatial relationships while working on various series simultaneously. My creative eye always gravitates to the minute details of water, plants, architecture, and man-made surfaces.
I promised myself I would never fall out of love with being an artist—and here I am, all these years later, still sticking to this promise!
15 Color Palette