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My first entry

I am influenced both by an intense immersion in nature and a close involvement in the process of people’s lives. Patterns fascinate me, in growing things and in our lives, the way we address similar issues over and over, but differently as events unfold; The way I see it in the continual cycle of living things, and in the way for us humans it is a reason to live and yet is such a challenge. I infuse these fascinations into my abstract oil paintings as I build/subtract layer upon layer, and pattern over pattern.
I have always been drawn to printmaking; the intriguing shift that happens when pigment is transferred from one object to another. From an early obsession with classic etching and lithography, I developed an interest in the freedom and serendipity of monotype. Over the years as a monotype artist and teacher I found myself wanting to create artwork which did not have to be shown under glass and allowed development of intense surface texture. I began creating images using oil paint on prepared paper using monotype techniques without the press. The work I have come up with is a continuing adventure as I stretch the techniques that have interested me for years. Today I divide my time between my painting studio and teaching.
When the paintings are done I take time to consider what they have revealed to me. This is how the titles come about, and I feel they are very important. Sometimes it could be a partially seen landscape at a particular time of day (but of course the next time you look at it, it is something else). Sometimes it is more of a remembered emotion or an odd juxtaposition of reactions-whatever the human moment I hope the viewer will have a chance to feel as though they are part of what happens in the interpretation of the piece-it will become part of their memory as well as mine…

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