Artist Statement

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“One inch...One simple, little inch can change your life.”

 If it weren’t for that one little inch between me and the out-of-control city bus careening towards my car, I would have been trapped in that tangled pile of metal under the belly of the bus. Instead, the lives of two young men were snatched away in an instant, and I walked away alive.  That brush with death led me to realize if I really want to make art…I’d better get to it!   

 Soon after, I left my 25+ year business career and began my studies at Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville TN, graduating with an AFA in 2002.  I’ve been making art ever since. 

 Bold colors and composition draw me into the creative process.   I believe the body intuitively knows what it needs, and if you listen to that voice, it will guide you to the place you need to be at that moment.  By creating calm among the chaos of life, I am able to hear my own voice, and thus, have empathy for the voices of those around me.

I have come to understand why creating Art is important to me and how it resonates as a metaphor for life.  The push-pull of contrasting colors can represent the push-pull of life.  We give, we take; we struggle, we work, and we compromise. The drips and dribbles of paint as it runs down the canvas mimics the meandering path we often take as we weave our way through life’s daily challenges.   Eventually everything comes together, and much like a beloved child, a piece of art is born. This is how an abstract painting comes to life in my studio.