Artist's Statement

As a young girl with dreams of becoming an artist, I had always been fascinated by the works of the artists from the Victorian era; both European and American. The romantic works of J. W. Waterhouse with his depictions of women in mythological and legendary roles would draw me into them not only for their beauty, but for the stories they told. Equally inspiring are the luminous works of American artist Maxfield Parrish and the awesome, airy landscapes of those known as the "Hudson River School", especially: George Inness, Asher Durand, Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt. With their huge canvases of exquisitely detailed majestic scenes, a viewer could almost feel as if they were able to enter the picture and breathe the air of it. It is these inspirations that I try to include in my own work.

Favoring the large format, I first tone the canvas or paper with a warm or cool "mood" color. This will unify the work from the beginning leaving areas of this color to show through in the final painting. After blocking in the darkest and lightest values first, I work over the whole canvas until all values show an attractive contrast and the composition is effective. Before adding the final details, glazes of transparent colors are layered onto lighter areas to give a glow or an inner light to the piece. I also like to include several "pathways" to lead the eye to the main subject.

My subject matter ranges from people or animals, to landscapes with a solitary element; or to all aspects of water whether a subject is above or below it. I always wish to convey a sense of mystery and a comforting kind of solitude. The inclusion of (my) small personal symbols such as eyes, fish, birds, or elements of humor found in unexpected places within the work allow me to engage the viewer. At the mention of them, they tend to look more closely for these symbols and get "lost" in the piece. That is my ultimate goal.