When I am working, I perceive the world through the lens of my methodology. That focus on process guides the way I configure my imagery. Grids control the abstract forms within them and woven papers create their own more subtle interference patterns. I continually go back to the drawing board -- literally -- using the tools of my early training: T-square, triangles, graphite, colored pencils and ink. Drafted lines delineate forms and define space reminiscent of architectural drawings and plans. I also use printed acrylic paint, which adds a looser, almost chance element, in juxtaposition to the more regular ordering principles. I work on and with handmade and commercial papers, and often use composite panels as a substrate.
In the tradition of artists who define with hard edges, I control emotion, but do not suppress it. I allow color to emerge from within the forms and lines, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes more boldly.
During most of my adult life, my creative efforts have moved in parallel with living and working outdoors in the Southwest. The diverse landscapes and people of the Southwest have defined who I am and will continue to profoundly influence my life and work.
Listening to a friend:
"You swallow the landforms and the forests and the meadows
whole; and they swallow you. To be among them is addictive
the way all joy is addictive." Hiking Alone, Mary Beath, 2008
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