My art is inspired by nature: by light manifested in atmosphere; by the landscape’s presence, its fullness and its emptiness. Specifically my works have referred to wetlands, mudflats and grasses, to ponds, fields and trees; more abstractly to the way in which landscape can affect our emotional states and can lift us into a wider sense of being in the world and a place where time is space. My use of the horizon as a structural element speaks to the role it plays in our sense of space.
My latest series of work wonders at trees—my experience of trees in varying weather and atmosphere and I contemplate their forms as calligraphic marks.
I work in thin layers of oil on unstretched canvas and oil or acrylics on paper. I also use watercolor, pastels, sumi ink. As a printmaker, I use both monotype and intaglio processes. I regularly draw from the figure. Over time, drawing has become more important in my process, as I have begun to use twigs and sticks to draw with ink and paint.
Much of my childhood was spent in Washington State influencing my contemplative attachment to the landscape. Later, living in California and England introduced me to very different atmospheres and light.
My response to nature has been a source of excitement, reverie and comfort. I draw upon this response. I am affected by the environments of my life: what I stare at, what I move within.