I am a mid career artist currently working and living in Roanoke Va. I have done many things in my art life including designing hats, making sculpture and painting. In addition to doing more “personal artwork” I periodically return to the landscape as a source of inspiration. Having grown up surrounded by the Blue Ridge Parkway, I cannot help but be attracted to the beauty of the land around me. I am particularity drawn to the colors of fall and spring but find the landscape, and nature in general, no matter what season, to be an infinite source of visual stimulus.
Most of the paintings in this show reflect my interest in the landscape and arepainted in the style of the fauves, primarily Vlaminck and Derain, as I identify with their bold color sense and confident brush work. When I was younger I used to spend hours and hours looking at Van Gogh s paintings, marveling at the brushwork and the bright colors. As a child, I used to trot off to a garden down the street from my home, where I would collect such odd forms as the intense orange pods from Chinese lantern plants, the seeds from “money trees” and the velvet green pods from wisteria vines, stuffing them all in my pockets like treasure or bounty found on some exotic adventure. I was also extremely influenced by an older artist friend who went on to become an art director here in Richmond, for the Martin Agency.
The years I spent in New York where I attended Parson’s School of Design impacted me greatly. The easy access to museums and the environment at Parsons all contributed to my growth as an artist in every way. Looking back, I also consider my connection to my mother to be a karmic seed in my development in that she was a great collector of “things,” and she had a good eye. A trip to my mother’s attic was like a jaunt to any museum in that she would show me vintage hats, gloves, ball gowns, silver, gorgeous china and more. A feast for any visual person! One of the things that is currently on my “to do” list is to make a landscape dress that incorporates my landscape paintings with my recurring interest in fashion.
I attended Parsons School of Design, received a BFA from VCU and went on to complete my master’s degree at The Maryland Institute College of Art. I have had numerous shows up and down the east coast. I taught art for several years mostly in Charlottesville and Baltimore. It was during my years as a teacher that I became adept at several mediums as I was constantly asked to teach different skills to the students. I look forward to the future as I feel ever more strongly tied to the mystery of creativity and the joy of painting.