Abstract art draws the viewer in at times by stark simplicity and other times by a canvas exploding with texture, blended colors, layering, contrast, and placement of details. Preliminary work done with oil pastel on BDK paper, using oil pastels, often guide the abstract work I do on canvas. I like having a place to start and then letting the loose applications of paint and mark making lead the painting in surprising directions. I have always been drawn to abstract art but took an unconventional path to becoming an abstract artist. Moving back to Denver, after years living on the East Coast, I discovered a community absorbed in modern design of all kinds. Realizing the years spent painting botanical art and illustration no longer needed to define me as an artist I embraced the opportunity to pursue an art form I had always wanted to delve into. Painting the most intricate details of a subject matter to painting with nothing but my imagination to guide me was often intimidating and discouraging. I have no regrets having spent time in realistic art for each experience with a brush and different mediums shapes my art today. Various ways to apply texture, layer and blend color intrigue me. I try to create something new in each painting and enjoy several styles rather than reproducing one look.
I admire those that have found a way to use art as a powerful tool for creating awareness of social issues in long need of exposure or environmental issues threatening our way of life. Art creates opportunities to give back or raise finances for good causes. The design and art community in Denver is over the top with creative people and I am so grateful for all the energy of this city.