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Current News and Events: (*denotes online exhibition)
• Point Place ArtWalk - 4230 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43611 - Sept. 18th 10am - 4pm
• Piqua Arts Council 29th Annual Exhibition September 9th - October 1st, Apple Tree Gallery (Piqua, OH) •Received an Honorable Mention
• Kentucky Watercolor Society Aqueous 2021 National Exhibition @ Living Arts & Science Center (Lexington, KY) August 16 - October 8, 2021
• Show I am in and curated: "Blanchard Valley Plein Air Painters", Aug. 23 - Sept. 30th @ Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University, (Tiffin, OH)
• The Power of Wind and Water Art Show, Kregel Windmill Factory Museum June 21 - September 21*
• 7th Annual Swanton Juried Fine Art Exhibit October 9 & 10, 10 AM - 5 PM @ Valleywood Golf Club (Swanton, OH)
• My artwork is now showing @ The UrbanWoody Brewery in Fostoria, OH
• I am one of 6 artists chosen to create a landscape Painting depicting an assigned site on the University of Dayton (OH) campus. This call was put together by the Dayton Society of Artists. (September)
• Upcoming: Artist Spotlight. Tuesday, November 2, King Road Branch Library, Toledo OH - tentatively 6-7PM
• Upcoming: Findlay-Hancock County Public Library "Author Fair" (Findlay, OH) Friday Nov. 5th 5:30-8:30pm
• Upcoming: Fallen Timbers Art Festival - 3100 Main St. Maumee, OH 43537 (in the former "Forever 21" store) Nov. 6&7 2021 11am-5pm
“Watercolor on Yupo” Artist’s Series Statement:
My love of landscape has developed from the discipline of plein air painting. For me, the immersion ‘in’ the landscape is transportive. Although my presented works are created in the studio, when I hear my viewers say “oh, I want to be there”, I know that I’ve tapped into their need for 'immersion' as well.
I am attracted to lush landscapes whether 'in the wild' or structured gardens. Within these lush scenes, multiple views of an area become a point of interest for me. Although I’m not doing diptychs or triptychs, I am understanding the grandeur within a microcosm, like Monet and his repetition of waterlilies. In just a few steps a scene can change so dramatically, so I am drawn to keep the area but with a different view.
My work is watercolor on yupo; a new direction for me as of January 2020. I am attracted to the vibrancy of color and luminous nature that it affords. It also enables me to explore textures, be bold, and achieve the ‘lush’ escape I’m going for. I am drawn not only to the beauty within a scene, but am careful to include beckoning elements of light/shadow, repetition and depth.
Scenes chosen revolve around a dance of light and shadow and it's own sense of invitation to explore; pathways are common to include for this reason. Quiet, hidden, reflective/introspective....lush; these are things I look for. I am polarized by scenes that make me forget my troubles and I feel "enveloped", even if just for a moment.
“Hands” Series Artist Statement:
To this artist, hands are a beautiful thing. Hands nurture; they toil, they bless - they strive. Beyond prayer, hands empower the soul. They also tell every story under the sun. Trial to triumph, compassion to crucifixion--these hands are filled with every line of life.
My works convey an underlying spiritual theme; with overtones of societal issues. The element of 'hands' depicted are an important vehicle to deliver an expression of emotions that need no face to convey, no voice to tell. To the spiritually sensitive, rich meaning can be drawn; while the rest may find themselves moved by the emotional tone of the piece, depiction, or left with a hunger to discover ‘why?’
I use an earthen palette which holds a feeling of age... history, treasured memory. Mixing media helps me flow with what is best for the piece. Focal points needing depth and opacity while inherent darkness to a work is often used to convey a dreamlike 'state of thought' or as an ‘underline’ to the deeper spiritual message I am intending to convey. Dimensional objects are often inserted; that element of texture is an important means that brings ‘physicality’, --that drawing sense of ‘Touch’.
Through such uses, my desire is to pull the viewer into empathy; fusing personal life experience with the message and emotion that the painting exudes.
The ‘Hands’ tell the story. I have found that if I cover the artwork and leave only the hands showing, that there must be a story, an emotion -- a sense. If it’s not there, it’s not ‘Hands’.