l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece. I am constantly experimenting with new colors and techniques.
I drew one of the sunflowers that was in a vase of dying flowers that I had picked from a field of flowers last week. Suddenly I felt that I was looking at a Van Gogh painting and I wanted to see if I could capture that. I didn't even get close but I had fun doing it.
I am making mini cards with some of my artwork. Each one is different...original pieces or art. Great for little notes to send someone or great as little gifts in packages of 4. Need to work on the packaging but I do know they will be in a protective plastic and will include matching envelopes. Any comments??