After completing my MA at the University of New Mexico, I moved from Albuquerque to Philadelphia and what a contrast. It was a teaching position at Tyler School of Art that brought me to the East Coast, where I have lived for several years, first in the city and later in the suburbs.
One of the joys of life in the suburbs is the opportunity to garden and not only do I grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables, but have redesigned and rebuilt the plantings an interest that reveals itself in my studio work. For years the settings for my work have been the out of doors, no matter the subject.
Now retired from teaching, I continue to work in the studio in various media, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Although not trained as a sculptor, I have likened my endeavors as on the job training. After making a series of dioramas from table top size to almost room size, I have at least temporarily returned predominately to painting and drawing.
Statement of this collection
My studio practice includes painting, drawing, prints, and sculpture, a long running theme for these various media has been an interest in the landscape and its use in narration. In this recent work I have been investigating the flora of landscapes through studying botanical illustration and scientific drawings, combined with direct observation leading to these paintings on paper. The plants in this work are predominately imagined allowing me to manipulate and juxtapose their shapes, colors and textures to explore the metaphoric possibilities. These landscapes are not about real locations, but allude to an implied narrative.
Tiny vague drawings in a sketchbook is where my work begins, I continue making these until something sparks my interest warranting further development. I have always worked in series with one idea leading to others.
These paintings are on paper that I have prepared with a colored acrylic ground on which I paint with gouache. None are on a white field.
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