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Acrylics and Tumult

I've been experimenting with acrylic paint and collage. I like the immediacy of acrylic which lends itself to spontaneous work. As an art teacher for four years, I admired the youngest students who freely wielded their tempera paint while narrating vivid stories about the images that emerged.

The energy I see in the looser, bigger brushstrokes reinforces my sense that everything is moving, continually unfolding. The addition of painted over scraps of newspaper is a nod to scary things going on in the world since last year — scary times and hyped up media. The idea that we are living in a period of upheaval and transition, and that some new paradigm is coming into being resonates with me.

I was stuck in a circle with my oil paintings in 2020. I painted the same canvases, over and over. I'm in the process of trying to finally complete them, as well as continuing with the acrylic experiment — back and forth.

Redwood City, April 2021

Artist Statement

I've always liked to paint and draw. As a child I drew from my imagination — flowers, birds, people. As a teen I liked to do portraits of my family and friends. Landscape painting has interested me for many years. I like to be outside, I find solace in nature. There is magic to a place we love as a child, and for me that place is Cape Cod. I carry in my soul the images of fields and woods, a view of water, a sandy path leading to the shore. Painting clouds, water, trees is calming, and sometimes mysterious. Often, a scene appears on its own, out of the brushstrokes, and I follow the story that develops. I'm interested in the spiritual, hidden realms. I feel there's much more out there, myriad forces that we can't see or comprehend. Yet, there are glimpses, a sense of things from time to time, in dreams and synchronicities.

My work is shown at the Branner Spangenberg Gallery.