Contemporary Realism and Modern Art
I discovered my passion for painting in a workshop on Mom’s night out. I began in oils, and have since switched to acrylic paint for its ability to execute fine detail with a quick drying time. I enjoy oils also, but find the clean up and fumes unpleasant. Acrylics afford a similar look with less fuss.
You will see two distinct styles in my work, realism and modern art. I particularly enjoy capturing a moment that moves me in fine detail that realism affords. However, occasionally I create blind contour drawings or paintings, a modern style as a break from the high detail work.
Blind contour drawing is such a kick in the pants. It is drawing while not looking at the paper or canvas. Your eye is fixed on the subject and carefully moves over the outline of the shape, while your hand mimics the eye’s movement. I generally try to do these drawings in one continuous line. If I’m painting, I start with the background, blind draw over it, then while looking, pull out and emphasize elements in paint.
This technique creates such interesting character. The random outcome feels more creative to me. It's a very free expression which releases my imagination and supercharges my creativity. In fact, the farther it is from the model's appearance, the better I like it. There are quite a few blind contour paintings hanging behind my easel. They inspire me as work.
I also have a passion to capture that fleeting expression of an individual which comunicates personality in highly accurate detail. Family portraits fill the walls in our home.
My favorite family portraits are a collection of feet. They are rather large 2'x2'. It's a bold statement and the reference photo shoot was hilarious . . .
‘Come on, guys, I want to feel your foot’s emotion!’
My daughter-in-law the actress replied, ‘I need to build my back story.’
We're a goofy bunch. We now have an entire wall full of family feet. My mom commented,
“You should paint the opposing wall full of shoes.”
I haven't gotten to that yet.
Occasionally I am asked if I have a foot fetish. Lol. I don't. At that particular moment, I was tired of painting faces. I also have a collection of fruit and vegetable paintings because I love to garden, landscapes chronicling my love of nature, and because I'm a spiritual person I paint along those lines as well.
I’m seeking to communicate through these paintings my peace, joyful memories, and love of this glorious gift of life. You may see a portion of this body of art by clicking on the Gallery button below or in the main menu. . . Enjoy!
Please message me from the Contact page in the menu with any questions. All art is for sale, unless posted otherwise in the Store.