“Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer”

Queen-Ann's-Lace

If “Sanctuary” was the first step towards a new way of working, “Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer” is the painting that convinced me that there was no turning back.

In the past I have always used reference photos, detailed sketches, and a defined plan for my work. I have always known from the start exactly what each of my paintings would look like completed before they were even begun. This way of working was feeling stale and I knew it had to change.

I started “Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer” with several photo references, my memories of childhood summers, and no plan or expectations. I altered and combined the photographs, sketched only a loose contour drawing, improvised, worked spontaneously, and let things happen, trusting in my artistic instincts.

This painting was a much more satisfying creative journey than I have previously experienced and I believe it proves that working from the heart can produce exceptional results.

New Work: “Sanctuary”

Sanctuary

To all following along, thank you for the encouragement and support of my new painting “Sanctuary”. I really have no idea where this path will take me artistically but that seems really exciting to me as an artist. I’ve felt for a while that my work needed to grow and agonized over how to deal with those feelings. I ultimately realized that I could contemplate this dilemma forever but couldn’t have an opinion about what I never allowed to exist. I decided to just go for it. I tried to paint less with my head and more with my heart. I tried to stop being predictable and “Sanctuary” is the result. I learn something with every painting and this one has shown me so much but also posed a lot of new questions. I have already begun a new canvas and am excited to get to work free of all the old rules and habits that held me back before.

“A New Path…..”

trailAlmost every morning, whether it’s hot and sunny or cold and snowy, I take my dog walking in the woods for about an hour. That time spent on the trail is one of my most favorite parts of the day. I’ve always used it as a time to clear my head, reorganize my thoughts, breathe some fresh air, and just appreciate the beauty around me. Autumn where I live is exceptionally beautiful as the landscape transitions from it’s summer green into it’s fall colors. It seems an appropriate time for me to make a transition in my work as well. This departure from my usual figurative painting happened because when I really stopped and thought about what I wanted people to feel when they saw my work – peacefulness and serenity – I felt pulled more and more towards nature. I’ve made paintings about these things before and am now just coming to them down a different path. It’s a path inspired by all those miles I’ve walked through the woods and I will have new work to share very soon!

Being Yourself

In Her Skin (2)

Today I shipped one of my latest paintings, “In Her Skin”, off to RJD Gallery. The title is a reference to being comfortable in your own skin and the intent of this work was to send a message about being true to yourself. This is something I feel I’ve been struggling with artistically recently.  I have been wanting to try new things in the studio lately and do some experimenting but have chickened out several times. While my next painting will be different, “In Her Skin” is one of my new favorites. I will always look to this work to be reminded to be brave and just be myself.

“In Her Skin” will be included in RJD Gallery’s 2015 Women Painting Women show this fall. You are invited to RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY to see it on display October 10 – November 8, 2015.

Principle Gallery, Charleston

The following work is available now through Principle Gallery, Charleston. Please direct any inquiries to the gallery by emailing art@principlecharleston.com or calling 843-727-4500.

Thank you!

Tossed and Turned, 30×36″, Oil on Canvas

Sun Kissed 32×36, oil on canvas

Clarity 48×48, oil on canvas

Gratitude 24×28, Oil on Canvas

Summer On My Mind

Limitless

Surface

As I write this, my outdoor thermometer hovers way below freezing. Despite this chilling fact, I really do like winter. It’s a beautiful season, just a little too gray and white for a painter who loves color. Luckily I planned ahead and am still able to enjoy the season that I think is the most fun to paint! Here are two of my newest works drying in the studio and waiting to be framed. “Limitless” (top) and “Surface”

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