I am inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s bold shapes and clean lines. I admire O’Keeffe’s fearlessness to see the small and meek, and to make images that we are compelled look at. I have spent years marveling at Vincent Van Gogh’s wild brushstrokes and vibrant colors. Both artists have strongly influenced the way I view my art and the images I put onto a canvas.
For me, art is a link to an emotion. When I paint a tree, I am not trying to paint an exact replica of that tree; I am trying to capture the feelings I had when I first saw it. I try to focus on the elements that evoke a certain emotional memory. They might be the color of the water, the texture of the bark, or the way that light highlights a surface. My art becomes a way for me to relive and remember things that matter to me.
Most of my paintings start from photographs taken during vacations with my husband. But the paintings connect me back to the emotions I felt more than to the images I saw. They do so in a way that a simple photograph never could. The shapes, textures, and colors grow out of the moments in my life that speak to my soul. My hope is that they also speak to the people that look at them.