I have always been fascinated with the light, texture, and mood that can be created in a painting. Although I was taught to paint things I see with my eyes, I find myself much more satisfied with my work that is intuitive in nature. My Labyrinth Series has developed from my interest in meditation and participation in Labyrinth walks. Walking the labyrinth is symbolic of a journey that consists of three stages- releasing your issues on the way in, receiving in the center, and returning, that is taking back out into the world that which you have received. This form of meditation journey interests me because whatever issues we are dealing with at the time, we have to search for the truth, determine how we are going to live with that truth and bring it into the world. I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction when I develop a new path that, to me, symbolizes the resolution of an issue. It is a reminder to me that we are not wandering aimlessly, the path we take and the things we encounter are part of the process.
Being a tactile person, I am intrigued with textures and the ability to create depth on a two dimensional surface. When beginning a painting, I first build up a textured ground and then add depth by layering colors to produce a luminous environment. Because each color combination creates its own mood, I carefully manipulate the paints to develop the atmosphere that matches the mood I am trying to emphasize.
I have enjoyed building, creating, and taking art lessons since I was a small child. Since studying painting at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Kansas, where I received a BFA in 1992, I have been an educator, a social worker, and recently a full time painter. I have received awards from the New Orleans Art Association and the River Road Art Association in Louisiana. My work is currently displayed at the Inspired Home in Pineville, NC (www.myinspiredhome.com).