As a self-taught artist, I am…
- Curious about people engaged in the ordinary, mundane activities of life.
- Captivated by the plants, wildlife, and landscapes of “my Florida.”
- Drawn to the solitary figure against the backdrop of nature’s grandeur.
- Fascinated by how watercolor behaves; how it has a mind of its own.
I like to describe my process for making art as one of percolation. I think. I plan. I take many photos of people, places and things that interest me. My sketchbooks are full of possible paintings. When an idea seems to be vying for my attention, I begin to play with particular elements or details that interest me. Working from photos, sketches, and studies, I explore various compositions of interesting shapes and consider how I can use a full range of values to convey what I'm feeling. But when the simmering is complete - and somehow, I just seem to KNOW when the time is right - I get down to business and sling paint! One of my art teachers refers to this as "plan like a turtle and paint like a rabbit."
As a native Floridian, I have witnessed first-hand the impact of development on the wild areas of the Sunshine State, and I am passionate about making art that captures the essence of Florida as I see and feel it. There is a wildness to Florida that co-exists with the manicured version of Florida – from alligators in golf course ponds to cypress stands in the middle of subdivisions to manatees in an urban bayou. It's these pockets of the ‘real Florida’ that I am inspired to capture. The flowers, wildlife and people provide unlimited inspiration for my paintings. As more and more of the native landscape is transformed into suburban sprawl, I am inspired to translate my strong feelings for “my Florida” into watercolors.
My goal is to make visible the essence of people, places, and wildlife as I see and feel it, with the hope that my interpretation will speak to someone else