For me, painting is the joy of discovery of the unknown using materials and techniques in unpredictable ways. I launch a painting without knowing what I want to paint. The creative act, itself, orchestrates the development of image initially. Each color and shape nurtures the next. and the next, until an image begins to emerge.
I pour watercolor pigment through filters onto watercolor paper to develop a surface of textures. Many layers are poured until I see an idea emerging. This then may call for the development of a recognizable form in order to communicate the idea prompted by the initial pourings. The union of content and form is accomplished with additional watermedia, including watercolor pencils and crayons. In spite of the unifying strategies I employ, I like to include an unexpected color or shape to alter the viewer’s expectations.
In Venice and the Red Hat Society, bits and pieces of Venitian architecture and canals are juxtaposed against some Red Hat Society women. The juxtaposition addresses aspects of the life cycle, a reoccurring theme in my painting. It also extends the joy of creativity.