aart statement and bio
goal of art is to portray beauty and relieve the grinding physicality
of life through a larger and truer vision. For me painting the beauty
of our environment approaches that vision. Painting with expressionistic
color my southern locale; the coast lines, swamps and woodlands, and
still life's of organic images of vegetables or flowers from our garden.
Expressionistic color is another way of seeing people, things or animals:
a way of seeing souls, so to speak.
The visual world is a dialogue created by complementary, reflected and absorbed colors. If you look very closely at color you will see how color works, the vibration and tension that exists, how it absorbs or reflects surfaces. You see green leaves because every color is absorbed except green . . . green is reflected. So if I paint red, the compliment of green, under the leaf, I am mimicking nature.
there is also a dialogue with myself. Painting is sometimes cathartic.
It can express and put in order my emotional life, the anguish, happiness
or joie de vivre. Of late, the dialogue has been about the war and violence
in our world, a series of paintings has been evolving as "Peace
Paintings", as an evolution of compassion rather than the evolution
of hate and dismemberment that is taking place. Nietzsche wrote, "Art
is the desire to be different, the desire to be elsewhere." That
is true for me. There is also simply a deep and inexplicable drive to
|In the third
grade I started art lessons at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Two years later, I started private art lessons with Mrs. Balberni in Valley
Forge, Pennsylvania, which I continued through high school. Through my
adolescence, I also attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia during
the summer and weekends.
I found employment building stain glass windows; what a dream come true; light, color and a paycheck combined! Thereafter, I spent a decade as a self-employed entrepreneuse with my own sign company. Then, having decided to return to school in paralegal studies (in pursuit of a paycheck with fringe benefits), I worked part-time for the Palm Beach Post, a great experience with talented people. After completing my studies, I began a seven-year stint working for the Leon County Supervisor of Elections as Outreach Program Coordinator. Today, I return to that arena during election periods while following my painting muse as my full-time occupation.