Thoughts about my art...

Woods

From a very young age I was proficient at drawing, depicting the human form and objects in perspective with ease and facility. I guess it came naturally to me. As I grew and matured I found my interests gravitating toward dance and music as well as the visual arts. I am convinced that these three disciplines arise from the same deep-seated human impulses. I also believe that the influence of all three has become inseparable to my work as a plastic artist.

Though many artists' careers have a progression of a few starkly defined "stages", I personally have never striven to define my work in epochs or periods. Moving on to the "new" and abandoning the "old" with some kind of a linear trajectory is a concept that is foreign to me. Maybe that is because I continually refresh my creativity by changing from one medium to another - oil on canvas to watercolor, acrylics to original prints, carving to collage.

What can a serious artist do when feeling equally the call to create abstract as well as figurative works? For me, what I have discovered is a natural compromise attained by making my figurative art "looser" and my abstractions more palpable. In doing this I involve my strong feelings for dance and music as well as my love of nature. I depend on the almost musical moodiness of color and the textural "rhythms" in nature, often just at the edge of chaos, to make my work accessible. To transport the viewer and stir feelings, emotions and long forgotten memories... to attempt to communicate something more and more intangible while at the same time, more and more personal. LOV

"Fish", stone and plant material, found objects, 2013
Life-size soft sculpture entitled, Man
Reclining with Butterfly - Mixed media, 48 x 32 x 24 cms
Turtle Textile - Conceptual work memorializing the murder of a Costa Rican park ranger in service to protect the nesting turtles.