I work as a graphic designer and visual artist. Nature is my muse. A love of nature has been a continual thread throughout my life and my paintings and enamels are inspired by the natural environment. My desire is to capture the emotion of the scene with texture, brush strokes, glazes and colors chosen from the palette of the environment I’m painting. It’s the memory of the place or experience that I want to express. The process begins with a walk outside, then followed with quick sketches and color notes. Then back at the studio I begin to paint the images I remember.
This year my theme is earth and sky and the connections between us and the natural world. As a part of nature, I believe we need to respect the connection we have with the natural environment. In nature things change, evolve. Like a forest goes through an ecological succession, so do we as individuals evolve and are at present a compilation of bits and pieces of the experiences we traveled. This idea I want to translate in my art. Cold wax and oil lends itself perfectly in expressing this idea. It affords the opportunity to show a history of the painting by building up layers, obscuring what’s beneath, and removing layers to reveal bits of past layers. It represents the history of a life that becomes the compilation of bits and pieces of it’s past experiences.
RECENT AWARDS & NAT’L JURIED SHOW
1st Place in 2D — Standing Tall — Alamance Artisans Guild at Center for Creative Leadership, 5/2016
Beauty & the Peace • Accepted in Nat’l Juried Show 2015 Bank of the Arts Annual Juried Exhibition
1st Place — Where Buffalo Roam • Enamel and copper • ArtFest 2012 Fine Art Competition
Cedars Watching Sunset • Accepted in Nat’l Juried Show, Dimensions 2012
Three artworks purchased by Alamance Regional Hospital
Artwork in a Rockefeller family collection
Joe Thompson portrait, Mebane Public Library
Spring Fling, Jill Troutman Gallery, May 5, 6 & 7, 2017. FMI click here.
UNWRITTEN THOUGHTS: An Exhibit of Encaustics, Stokes County Arts Center, opening Oct. 27, 5:30 — 8 pm.
Offering Encaustic workshops, click FMI
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