“The oldest narrative in the world is the journey. I don’t really believe in originality. Art and human expression are about variations. There’s an ocean of possible ways, but they don’t ever come in the same configuration.” -Jim Jarmusch
Dancing Girl – acrylics – 16×9 birch panel (not for sale)
The above piece was the first piece I ever painted. I remember that day vividly and how happy I was. That was in January 2011. I have learned so much since then. And mostly I’ve learned from just being in my studio everyday. I’ve painted and painted and painted. I’ve tried still life, portraiture, abstract and everything in between — but finally I can now express from my imagination and I am truly amazed.
When I began, I could not draw or paint an image from my head. I would have to find a replica and trace it or I would spend lots of time looking at hundreds of images each morning to try and discover what I wanted to paint. I experimented with gouache, oils, encaustic, pastels and acrylics.
I can finally express what’s in my heart without looking at anyone else’s work. I can now recognize myself in my work. Here’s a great quote that describes what I’m trying to say:
“When I was younger and learning to paint, I was inspired by other artists’ work, but now I avoid looking too much at the websites of other illustrators and artists, even though they are good, everything is good, but I want to develop my own imagination.” -Didier Graffet
Cheryl Engledow of High Country Art has agreed to not only carry my work in her gallery, but also sell my work to folks who live too far away to visit her. So if you see a piece you are interested in, contact her to purchase. Her contact info is at the top of this page under the tab, ‘Where to Purchase My Work.’
I’ve also just been invited to be part of the Outsider Art web page. I will work hard to keep that site updated with available work as well. And again, contact Cheryl Engledow for purchase information.
This has been an incredible journey and I feel I am at the very beginning. I am grateful for all of the encouragement I have received. Even though painting is a remarkable language, it still can leave you full of self-doubts. I hope that you will consider giving a piece of original art for gifts this holiday season. There are a lot of open studio tours that begin right after thanksgiving — pottery, fiber art, sculpture, painting, bookmakers – lots of talent and lots of beautiful gifts to chose from. As my husband posted on Facebook the other day —
Hope my American friends have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday – filled with good food, good friends and loving families.
“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.” -Kristin Martz