“Impermanence”

IMG_2223“Impermanence”, mixed media, 50″x 70″

Impermanence is a Buddhist belief expressing that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient.

While on my morning walks through the woods I am always watchful for the small changes that are always happening in nature along the trail. The light is always changing, I find rocks that have tumbled down onto the path, the stream sometimes runs high, sometimes it is almost dry. Everything is in a constant state of either growth or decay. It’s fascinating to observe and I wanted to capture that sense of change and the passage of time in this painting. As I was working, I kept thinking of this quote that I thought was also based in Buddhism but turned out to be from Heraclitus (ca. 540-480BC):

“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same……You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

To everyone who has noted how much my work has changed over the years, I can only say that it was inevitable. I am not the same person I was ten or five or even one year ago. My work will also change again so just enjoy the journey.

Happy New Year!

thefirstgreenisgold“The First Green is Gold”

I have to admit that I am really excited about 2017. Last year was a quiet year for me, full of experimentation and a fair amount of uncertainty in the studio. There were a lot of questions about how to move my work forward. With the new year, I feel like I have more answers and more focus about what I’m doing.  Some of you may be surprised by where I’m headed but I think you’ll really enjoy where 2017 is going.  My latest painting, “The First Green is Gold”, is drying on the easel, representing another step down the new path I’m on. I love painting and I love photography. I love being in my studio but also hiking through the woods with my dog. 2017 is finally going to bring all these favorites together with bigger, braver work than I’ve done before. I am happy to be able to share this journey with you and hope you’ll follow along in 2017! Happy New Year!

Memory

Pieces-of-YouPlay-the-Hand-thats-Dealt-You

In my studio I have a box of photographs of someone I don’t know. I know the people who loved her, they say I loved her too. Once, I sat in her lap, she kissed my forehead but I don’t remember any of it. I am surrounded by her things, a haunting co-existence, always reminding me of my betrayal.

“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.

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