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“The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for all the other things that make one’s life.”
In this new series of abstract work, I am experimenting with new tools that have enhanced my process. Wide brushes, paint rollers, cut paper shapes and textiles have given me a new freedom in terms of composition and color. The paintings have an elemental feel of rock, water, sand and sky. My palette varies but there is always interplay of cool and warm with intense and muted color. The paintings reflect my fascination with the contrast between movement and rest, the inherent tension of balance. The surrounding tall arid mountains, the sky, nearby ocean and rivers continue to inspire me and are a core subject—whether directly observed or in a very abstract sense.
Originally from Los Angeles, I went to study art at UC Santa Cruz in 1974. My art study continued at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and in 1981 received my M.F.A in Painting. I then returned to Los Angeles where I was active in the art scene, painting and showing my work. In the mid-1980’s I moved to Ojai, set up my studio and have been practicing my art here ever since.