Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Artist Statement

Biophilia- our genetic programming for the love of nature, not just for food and shelter, but peace of mind, is a term that might help describe the content of my paintings. Sharing my attraction to shapes found in nature and memories of color seen while spending time there, forms the topic of the painting. The process becomes the language of paint, shape, color and space. The complexity in some of the paintings comes from the satisfaction felt in problem solving. The conversation starts in a more intuitive manner, a struggle emerges, and a surprise appears, and ends in a peaceful resolution. Contrasts of the different qualities of paint are phrases, and juxtaposing theses qualities keep the discussion on going and alive. Visual sensory experience of the coast, desert and lakes with expansive views and universal peaceful color combinations of blue and beige, is hard wired in our brains to bring positive emotions. My hope to create a similar reaction in the viewer.


2008 Two Roads Gallery, Solo Show, Los Angeles, CA
2008 TAG Gallery, Juror: D.J. Hall, Santa Monica, CA
2008 First Street Gallery, Juror: Gregory Amenoff, New York, NY
2007 Mid-City Studio Tour, Long Beach, CA
2007 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2007 Gallery 33 East, Long Beach, CA
2003 “Suburban Dreams” Portfolio Cafe Center, Long Beach, CA
2002 “on site at the gate” Juror: Patricia Coreia Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA,
2001 “Interesting: But is it Art?” Second City Council, Ocean Center Building, Long Beach, CA
2001 All About Abstraction Juror: Roland Ries Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
2000 Angels Gate Annual Group Exhibition Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA


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