beautiful trama (arylic on canvas: 48 w x 36 h)
I once considered myself a creative topographist, navigating the picture plane with my fingers--because I felt like it was necessary. I work primarily using acrylics; manipulating the interplay of color and gesture to both conceal and reveal the underlying tactile landscapes I build on canvas.
The photo is an early work of mine titled: sweet honey It was inspired after finding an unexpected field of lupines blooming along a road side in northern Minnesota. I remember getting lost in the unique texture of each petal and the smell that reminded me of grape soda!
Every layer and each color needs time to dry/set, which means most paintings take a couple months or more to complete. I have so many images to paint out and each has a special story to tell. Though my eyesight is diminished, I continue to dream the images my fingers 'itch' to create..for others to see--and to feel.
Most recently, I decided to challenge the 'boundaries' of my perceived limitations. Using a less restrictive and more flexible, fluid technique, I have found greater freedom and increased confidence in my painting skills.
I have been fortunate to have my work displayed and collected thru the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Check out my exhibit schedule and maybe my work will be exhibited near you!
I will always ask those who view my work to answer this question for me: Do you see what I feel?
If you love art and are looking to make experiencing art accessible in a meaningful way to those who are blind or visually impaired, please consider volunteering to write descriptions of my work or provide verbal descriptive tours during my upcoming 10 year anniversary exhibit this fall at the Lakeville Art Center (Minnesota)
Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older to apply.
Here is an article provided by ABS's that helps folks to understand what it means to successfully describe art to those without or limited/impaired sight.