or dye on silk and pastels, are the vehicles that provide me with
the means to explore the breathtaking moments when light hits water
and I observe what might have been seen through the eye of a dragonfly.
The Serti (French
for "enclose") technique of painting on silk allows me
to capture the shifting qualities of light found within the intimacy
of a water garden. I find myself involved with the flow and blending
of color, using strong lines to define dramatic areas within these
waterscapes. While this medium is liberating, it is also deliberate
and demanding requiring precision while applying a resist called
Gutta that is used as a barrier to contain the fabric dye.
My graphic design
education gave me the discipline and tools necessary for my real-life
occupation, designing art glass. Many subjects hand drawn in pencil
during my 30 years working in the glass art world still appear in
my paintings today. My silk paintings come very close to having
the brilliance of stained glass, more so now as I experiment with
the use of black resist.
I have said
many times I feel blessed to be living life as an artist. Getting
to use a talent that has been nurtured, first by parents, then by
fellow artists, gives me pure joy to create and bring attention
to the more subtle views of nature. I have witnessed and believe
in the healing power of art and one goal is to be more deeply involved
in manifesting this through my work.
My attempt to
capture the breathtaking moments found in the natural land and water
scapes around me have become my conversation with the world.