A portrait may start with the swing of hair or posture and the completed figure has seated herself or edged toward an uncomfortable placement in the picture frame. There are political influences as well as personal musings incorporated into a face, a gesture, a missing shoe exploring distortions that a shoe covers over.
These scenes are especially wonderful to paint from memory in winter months when snow, rain and mud cover the land. The ocean, too, when painting from memory, takes me on summer holidays. People read their own experiences into these “-scapes” and feel that I’ve been to their camp or vacation away.
Patterns painted in either watercolor or acrylic begin as meditative play with color and line. Filling a brush with paint and determining the marks by pressure on the paper is how I make the patterns. Sometimes, the lines whip around to make patterns or drops of color crawl down the picture plane like a trail left by bugs.