My world of watercolor, acylic, mixed media, of color and illusion, of transparency and translucence, the vibrancy of subtle or intense color, of elusive and amorphous form – all of this is exciting to me as I am creating something new, imagining what’s going on in there, putting in more or taking out some, creating color against color with a concert of small tunes and single notes, a fugue of balanced and counterbalanced tones and colors.
If that sounds rather esoteric, I am comparing it to carving stone, which I have done for 30 years. Stone sculpting is heavy, hard labor involving great time and effort to produce one piece of work. By comparison, painting is a lark, a birdsong in the morning light that brings a startle of joy. Every day that I paint is my favorite day of the week. Everything I paint brings a surprise of what that thought or scene reveals.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I have lived many lives, many places, including Manhattan, Vermont, Florida, Italy, Libya, Texas, Oklahoma, California, North Carolina, New York state, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Connecticut, Fairfield, California, where I live now – and Cincinnati, where I grew up. From each place I have absorbed a portion of the culture and color, a reference point for future remembrance and my painting reflects that variety of visions.