Getting back to my happy place

Getting back to my happy place

In the summer I enjoy painting outdoors, but in the winter I paint from photographs that I’ve taken during my travels. I travel to California often and I started taking pictures of bird of paradise flowers on one of my trips to Los Angeles. The following Spring I started painting from those photographs.

The Bird of Paradise Flower series was my first body of work based on the study of a single subject matter. Although the first one I painted was very simple, the more paintings I created, the more details I explored.

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Colorful Clouds

Colorful Clouds

After I’ve completed a series or finished a project, I take time to begin researching and experimenting with new subjects, styles, and color palettes. If I’m lucky I happen upon something right away and am able to develop my next series of paintings. Other times, I pick up from a one-off creation that I completed in the middle of a different series and didn’t continue. I let that painting speak to me and tell me a story. Then I let that story guide me through a new body of work. 

I wasn’t as lucky when I started Remnants…

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I Think in Color

I Think in Color

“What is your inspiration?” 

This is probably the most difficult question for me to answer. The initial thought that leads to my art is’t ever linear. It’s more like an accumulation of what I see, what I imagine, what makes my heart beat a little faster, and what I’ve created before. However,  there is one bit of inspiration that’s at the root of my paintings — color.  

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Why I Take Breaks from Flowers

Why I Take Breaks from Flowers

Flowers are often the theme in my paintings. When given a meaning, I get lost in the flowers as I paint them and recreate them. However, from time to time I have to take a break from them. My 2018 flower paintings are mystical, vibrant, and very popular, but a few things happened in the matter of a few months. 

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Painting Outdoors

Painting Outdoors

In art we often talk about inspiration. Going out, seeing different sights and experiencing new things can contribute to our inspiration because they open our mind to other possibilities.  In July 2017 I started painting in my garden, and I discovered that it drives me to paint endlessly.

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