I am a self-taught painter from
Louisville, KY. Contemporary influences are Grace Hartigan,
Paula Rego, Juan Muñoz, and Roy DeForest. The intent of my
work is shaped by how I look at art in my personal life. I
love to sit in front of a piece in the mornings with a cup
of hot tea in my hands, and let my mind go. I want art that
gives me a place to go.
I love working on this theme of life
around tables. I don't collect tables but do often collect
chairs, second hand or new. Chairs take care of a person.
For a while there it was getting crowded at our house.
One friend said, enough of these brown
chairs. Another friend said, if you want to line up chairs
all the way around your studio, go for it.
Back to the tables. I often start a
painting with a big circle for the table and then some
chairs ─ empty. THEN I get to seat a person.
POWER. Young/old, shy/extrovert,
sly/unknowing, male/female, participant or a watcher or a
witness, involved or oblivious or dreaming. I don't want
realism in the faces but I do want expression that is
readable. This is tricky and I often back off the drawing to
err on the side of cartoon, rather than slide into a
specific person's face.
Tortoises, hares, cats, dogs, birds can
show up around the table. And then I notice what is on or
gone from the table.....isn't it a simple thought?
If this is what I paint the rest of my
life, it feels okay.