Location: United States
From the time I was a small child, I wanted to be an artist. During my childhood, art was not considered to be an important pursuit. In the Kansas City, Missouri school district, we had a traveling art teacher for about ½ hour per month. I was also a very academic child and knew that I needed a scholarship to go to college. I got my scholarship to a very good academic collage and graduated with a degree in Sociology. I spent years working with children in a variety of capacities. One day, out of the blue, I decided to be an artist. As usual, I jumped in with both feet. I took some painting classes with the focus on the elements and principals of design. I spent hours in my cold dark basement practicing until I was able to create some good watercolors.
My watercolors are painted in a nontraditional manner and I was gratified that they actually worked. I started doing shows around the United States and have won numerous awards, participated in juried exhibitions and have work in private and corporate collections around the world.
When Covid drastically changed our lives, I decided to pursue a new direction and started using “Textural Acrylics”. These are created with a palette knife on canvas. Incorporating modeling paste and acrylic gels as well as wood and collage have led me to a new awakening. Painting primarily in an impasto style, I become immersed in the process as I have a “conversation” with the painting so that a joyful merging of color, texture and creativity emerge. Every painting invites the viewer to come into the world on the canvas and make it their own. I love my new direction and can only imagine how my paintings will morph in the future.
As the evening shadows move slowly across the land, the glow of the day begins to rest. In this Textural Acrylic painting, the viewer is invited into the forest to explore the wonders of the dimming light. Woodland Shadows has been painted impasto with a palette knife using acrylic paint, gels and modeling paste. The textures visually come off the gallery wrapped canvas.
As the glow of the sun awakens the land, the scents and colors of the day emerge. In this beautiful Textural Acrylic, the textures invite you in to feel the warming rays on your face. Glistening is created almost entirely with a palette knife using acrylic paint and gels and is presented on a 30"x40" gallery wrapped canvas.
Beautiful colors and textures invite the viewer in to relax as they gaze at the reflections on the pond. Take a moment to sit amongst the flowers and inhale the relaxing yet invigorating feel of autumn. Softly Autumn is presented on a 40"x30" gallery wrapped canvas and is painted almost totally with a palette knife using acrylic paint and gels.
The soft landscape embraces the colors of spring. As the gleaming water cascades from the falls, it slowly moves to the tranquil beauty of the cove. Perch on one of the rocks and hears the sounds of nature. Tranquil Inlet is created on a 30"x24" gallery wrapped canvas painted primarily with a palette knife using acrylic paint, gels and modeling paste.
The music of nature is exciting and always creative. At the break of dawn, the glow of the sun sweeps across the land and awakens the glorious sounds of the day. Nature's Keyboard showcases the piano as music fills the air. Painted on an 18"x24" gallery wrapped canvas, the primary use of a palette knife with acrylic paint and gels brings the texture off the canvas and invites the viewer in.
Luminosity, a Textural Acrylic painting, brings a contemporary approach to an aspen forest. Painted primarily with a palette knife, this painting visually comes off the canvas and invites the viewer in to explore. The addition of collaged leaves that have been individually created adds a shimmering movement. This painting is on a 30"x24" gallery wrapped canvas and created with acrylic paint, gels and modeling paste.