ARTIST STATEMENT

Experimentation and a love of color, shape, and geometric pattern are the focus of my process. I paint with acrylics and collage found materials into pieces. I am attracted to the freedom in children's art and seek to capture that spontaneity and joy. The organization of color, pattern, texture, value, space, and shape take precedence over theme or story. Meaning is found in the viewer's interpretation of what he sees. I love pattern and small details, which I use to create rhythm and flow. Using many different size elements, give the viewer an exciting journey through each piece.    My love of color is often a starting point. I begin by dripping, smearing, and washing appealing combinations of colors onto the canvas randomly. This approach allows me to be carefree and frees my mind of initial intent. Starting a painting by adding color aimlessly, allows me to enjoy the playful feeling of exploring like a child. Experimentation with different materials creates a dialog between the painting and me. Intuition guides how and what I do. The ideas come as each piece evolves. I start intuitively and then begin to analyze the canvas to find my next step in the process.  The excitement of the emerging composition propels me forward.  After the initial addition of color, texture and collage elements may be added for visual interest. In evaluating my progress in each piece, I look for dynamism, changes in size and pattern, rhythm, balance, movement, repetition of points of interest, and finally, harmony.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 – 2015: Northville Art House in Northville, MI  
2015  7th Annual All Media Show “West of Center 2015", Northville, MI
2015  32nd Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI
2015  Bi-Annual All Media Exhibit, Detroit Artist’s Market, Detroit, MI
2015  Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2015  Henry Ford Hopital “Artist’s Walk Gallery”, Detroit, MI
2015 Project Pop-up Window Art, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI 

2016  Current Student Works, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI Juror: Laurie Tennant
2016   Biennial Al l Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI  Juror: Mary Ann Wilkinson
2016   Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI,  Juror: Scott Northrup, Honorable Mention
2016    Michigan Annual XLIII, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI, Juror: Gail DeMeyere,  Honorable Mention
2017    56th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Midland Center for the Arts, Juror: Jason Franz   
2017    Muskegon Museum of Art 89th Regional Exhibit, Juror: Petra Fallaux
2017    Michigan Annual XLIV, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI, Juror: Mary Fortuna
2017    Hatchback 11, Hatchback Gallery, Hamtramck, MI  Juror: Trina Ericson