Personal landscapes on raw canvas and paper.
My recent work is influenced by the sedimentary formations of The Great Basin and the marks left behind by a millennia of water which is no longer there. The painting process mimics nature through pouring, scraping and mark making. Acrylic medium washes, stain the canvas creating depth as the layers build. Informed by a passion for color, and influenced by the Arroyo's of the desert, and the rivers and creeks of The Pacific Northwest.
Reflecting the joy of movement, my process involves my whole body, large strokes of colour poured or scraped across the canvas punctuated with graphic lines to guide the eye and balance the composition.
I build up my paintings in a very organic way. Working primarily with acrylic paints allows me to work intuitively. Marks and movement are added with pastels, graphite and spray paint.
Before I pursued my love of painting, I worked as a commercial illustrator, among my clients were Adobe, Sony, AT&T, The Washington Post, Cisco, Elle Magazine and more. After 20 years of interpreting other peoples ideas as a commercial illustrator, painting is a joyful interpretation of my life experience.
I am currently represented by Jen Tough Gallery, Benecia, CA and R Cline Arts, Las Vegas, NV.
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