These Paintings Will Be In My Exhibit At Columbia City Gallery, April 4 - May 13, 2018. The Opening Reception Is Saturday April 7th, 5-7. See You There!
I paint as a conversation with the emerging forms, shapes, and colors. I put lots of things onto the board to start and then as I interact with them, the painting and I decide who will stay, who will go, and who will change.
This is an active process. Aspects of the painting connect with each other or join together to form new objects or forms. Other things show up or get added very intentionally. One of the hardest things for me is when there’s a part of the painting I love but that doesn’t go with the rest and, for the good of the whole, needs to go away. A few weeks ago I said goodbye to a horse that was in the Feels Like Home painting. I had known for a long time that the horse needed to go, but I loved that horse. The painting is better without him, but I still miss him.
Yesterday I changed a chicken into a woman. The chicken was huge and not lovely. The woman is lovely, but she may need to change, too, because she’s a little too full of herself at the moment. I’ll see as we go along together what will happen next.
Here’s another painting in this series:
This group of paintings focuses on the idea of home. Some of the paintings have clear images of dwelling places. Others are more abstracted with nothing house-like that is visible, just what feels like home to me.