I think of my work as interpretive. I paint not only what I see, but also how it makes me feel when I am looking at the subject. I like to paint feelings and emotions. I think my work is somewhere in between abstract and reality with a romantic flare that is somewhat reminiscent of impressionism.
I interpret what I see and feel. Sometimes I see the bright warm sunshine, and sometimes I see the deep shadows of twilight. My fascination with flowers began as a child when I would watch my mother make floral arrangements in her florist business. The interest grew after I planted three acres of wildflowers at my mountain home in Taos, New Mexico. The flowers filled the side of the mountain and bloomed from early spring until the frost came. It was magical for me! I sat my easel up in the middle of the meadow of flowers and painted daily. People would stop as they drove by just to see the flowers and what I was doing. I sold paintings right off of my easel as I painted.
I lived in the “Hill Country” near Austin, Texas during the time I taught art. In the spring in the “Hill Country” the wildflowers cover the landscape. Each year I would go on photo shoots trying to capture the incredible beauty that was in front of me. Every flower has its own beauty and I am totally mesmerized by them. I love to paint floral landscapes.
Another fascination that I have is for surrealism and the dream like qualities that I sometimes see in my imagination. My painting “Moon Beams” is a very good example of this thought process. I love to paint the images that I see when I day dream. They are always to do with nature and many times they are floral.