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I work with oil paint. I’m stimulated by its oily odor, creamy texture, and rich color.
Painting is a vehicle for me to interpret and express my emotional response to a particular moment in time, not to render a realistic likeness. I weave the energy from that response into my painting through choices of color, brush strokes, and the push and pull of paint, inviting the viewer to share my experience.
Much of my work is exploring the effect of light and shadow in landscapes. That “dance of light and shadow” creating dynamic patterns is inspiration for many of my paintings.
At age of 88 my daughter signed me up for an art class and I went kicking and screaming protesting of my inability to paint. But she persevered and dragged me along. She set up an easel, squirted out paint onto a palette, stuck a brush into my hand and said “Paint!” So I did. And lo and beholdI took to painting like duck to water. I love working in acrylics and find that they suit my techniques and that I paint very fast.
Though I work in oils, graphite and silver point, my “real job” is in the horse show industry and most of my work is commissions from that world and specialize in portraits of horses, pets and people. Horses and art have always been my two driving forces. The art I come by honestly as my mother and brother are both artists. The love of horses, however, was a family mystery. I began riding at 8 and continue to be active today, showing hunter/jumpers as well as riding dressage. My husband and I own 7 horses, several of which live with us at our home in Gilbert, AZ. along with 3 dog, 4 cats and assorted other creatures.