The role of a canvas is an abstract theater of emotions and ideas. For me, movement is paramount. As my artistic expressions on canvas or paper develop, many layers unfold a history with lines and organic shapes sometimes formed in the initial applications of gesso. I especially highlight textures and intentionally introduce a playfulness with bold acrylic color coupled with transparency and pattern.
My passion for communicating spirituality drives my painting, collage media and printmaking to expose many hidden layers for stimulating or quieting viewers. I hope that I prompt my viewers to pause and wonder about the mystery of a painting's message or it's making. So few people in our linear culture today are willing to ponder the "mysterious abstract." I believe all visual and performing creatives are stewards of these mysteries.
Others who historically worked in this abstract, fluid style include Paul Jenkins in the 50's and 60's, and currently, Bette Ridgeway in Santa Fe, NM, Carol McConnell from Cincinnati, OH, and Joy Daniels, Toronto, CN, to name a few. I view myself as a constant adventurer with techniques in different media as further exploration for expressions of my inner language and imagery.
I am a native Texan and moved to Corpus Christi in 1997. I studied Fine Arts at Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX with a major concentration in textiles and a painting minor. After living 19 years in Denton, I traveled widely and lived in California and in Taos, NM where I operated a weaving studio until I moved back to Texas.
I retired from a cosmetology career and owned a beauty salon in Corpus Christi for 15 years which served as a gallery for my diverse artwork. I no longer weave ikat textiles, but focus instead on abstract acrylic paintings, mixed media collage and pendant jewelry made from remnants of paintings. One can see my artwork frequently displayed in juried shows at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.
My recent awards include Second Place in the 2018 ABSTRACT SHOW, Art Center of Corpus Christi, an Honorable Mention for Works on Canvas in the DIMENSION XLVI show at the Art Center of CC and a 1st Place for Mixed Media, South Texas Art League Members Show. My work will be published in the upcoming ADC Blink Art Resource Catalogue soon to be released in June 2019 which goes to thousands of interior designers and trade buyers all over the country.
I am a woman of contrasts, a country girl living in the city, a mountain lover living by the coast. I find inspiration for balancing contrasts in modern architecture, nature and textiles, and I intentionally juxtapose organic shapes with geometric lines and grids. Though some methods are calculated, I welcome intuition, spontaneity and many accidental discoveries along the way. I work from Hope Studio and my home where I share life with my husband, William, who inspires me to greater heights and unfathomable depths.