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My acrylic paintings are about feeling it all! I paint botanical subjects with splashing paint, bold lines, vibrant colors, and lots of movement. When I look at flowers or observe a landscape, I see a miraculous display of color and movement unfolding before my eyes. Nature seems to accomplish the task of survival and procreation with such beauty and ease. To capture that feeling of wonder, I exaggerate color, contrast and shape. Every brushstroke reflects the freedom to express what is moving me.
Poppies are featured in many of my paintings, symbolizing resilience and rebirth. I practice intuitive painting, and my work explores layers of texture, rhythm and movement as I interpret it in the natural world. When I see poppies sprouting each year, I am amazed by how something so beautiful and fragile can be so resilient. It is this combination of fragility and strength that inspires me to paint them again and again.
One question I’m commonly asked is what the numbers in some of the pieces represent. It's about how we used to come back from vacation and take our film to get developed. We would wait for the photos to be ready, many times opening the packet in the car before even leaving the parking lot, because we couldn’t wait to re-live the trip. Part of that experience was seeing the negatives, which had mysterious numbers along the sides. I started embedding similar random numbers along the sides on some of my paintings to evoke that feeling of another time, before the digital age, when we were less distracted and life moved at a slower pace.