STATEMENT ABOUT WORK....

 

Long intrigued especially by night colors created both naturally and artificially, I am similarly drawn to the stillness of the very late night hours.  Even if I am locked in my car as I go out scouting for ideas, I am interested in how limited light at night affects the scene and how illumination from park lamps and street lights focuses one's attention on paths to be walked or driven.  Sometimes I take liberties with the physical properties of the moon and stars, and even park lamps,  in order to utilize their illumination advantageously in my compositions.  

I often work in a series that has a similar palette, size or theme.  For instance, while the two "Sidewalks Through the Night" series are closely related, the first group is slightly smaller, colors are less saturated and the viewpoint is generally closer.  In contrast, the second series takes a longer vantage point with more saturated deep greens and blues and brings in the distant sky to give each painting a more expansive perspective.

The impetus for the paper quilts came from a dire need at my mid-life stage to get rid of old work.  As I started this difficult process of destroying work I had spent countless hours on,  I was struck by something.  While I had no doubt that each painting in my pile was not good enough to keep, I couldn't help noticing how many small areas there were in each painting which were quite lovely. I thought of how a quilter will take apart a garment which is no longer in style or no longer fits, but use the fabric to make something else that can be useful and beautiful.  So I decided to chop these pieces up into small parts and see what happened.  I found the process of being able to adapt and reuse these little parts fun, engaging and it appealed to my recycling bent.  Plus this method was much easier than torching the whole lot!

The oil pastel baseball scenes stem from my love of baseball.  I love to listen to games on the radio while I work.  My aesthetic interests about baseball center around the field, the dimensions, the symmetry and the park-like setting.  Then you add in the colors, especially with the lights at night, and it's a wonderful contrast against a night sky. I like to focus not on particular parks because that gets too close to sentimentality but just on the field.  That means you'll find no fans, no players, no cars in these scenes.

I started a small business of making busts of famous women and great baseball players about twenty years ago.  The impetus for this project started when I was examining my husband's collection.  He used to collect statues of famous people--didn't matter who the person was as long as they were identifiable and had some claim to fame. I soon realized how few women were in his collection and since I often bought "heads" to give him, both of us would have purchased busts of women if they had been available.  I decided to try to fill the void with Great American Women.  I concede that I am not much of a sculptor but at least I've given three dimensional form to some great women.  The baseball players was a different story--my husband told me who he would like to have a bust of and I made it.  All old timers but great classic players.