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I am a self-taught artist and have created art in various forms throughout my life. I paint all subjects, but am more drawn toward the human form, portraits, architecture and "holistic" images.I create works primarily in watercolor and oil, but also sometimes use pastel, metal, and glass. I especially enjoy doing portraits (of people, pets, and homes). I love to translate someones feelings about their loved ones, pets or homes into a visual image that has a special meaning to them. As a self-taught artist, my approach to art is non-traditional. I do not attempt to follow the traditional "rules" of art, but rather choose to create with as few limitations as possible. My paintings often contain bold, bright colors and often convey portraits, nudes and architecture. I normally choose the colors based upon how the subject makes me feel, as opposed to the "real" colors of the subject. My primary goal is to paint for self-expression and inspiration. In a society that is increasingly fast paced and stressful, art provides a way for me to relax and rejuvenate. It also provides a way for me to practice the important skill of stopping to appreciate the good things in life. Seeing things with the "eye of an artist" makes it easy to see beauty where others may miss it. As a result, I strive for all of my work to convey positive emotions and invoke an uplifting response in the viewer.
I also believe in the positive effects of art as it relates to physical and emotional health. Whether creating art or simply viewing it, I believe that art has the power to improve the quality of our lives. My work is sometimes an attempt to inspire others to stop and question if they are focusing on what’s truly important in their lives…to make them "stop and smell the roses".
This philosophy is extended to the workshops that I teach. I teach beginning watercolor because I like to help people discover a new way of seeing things and a new way of thinking. In my workshops, I strive to help students learn how to enjoy the process of creating and appreciating art.
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