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About the Artist
I love lines. Without them, there is no definition. With lines, the definition is constant and ever-changing. I explore my subjects with different colors and stripes to give a well-known subject a less-known look. I found that color is a wonderful thing to explore as well; it's like another whole way of describing something. I do what I do because I see endless possibilities in exploring the world around me with color and stripes. Initially, I enjoyed drawing one band of color next to another and seeing how they interacted with one another. Eventually, this led to creating geometric designs with groupings of colors that I want to see together. It started long ago with a 64 box of crayons but after a while, I would switch or add mediums like colored pencils, markers, and gouache in order to gain more colors. Eventually, someone suggested I move to oil painting because I could mix whatever color I was looking for, so I did. When creating art, I always find it stirring how my perception changes as the painting emerges. For example, when I was working on the Goldendoodle painting I found myself questioning every color choice and rethinking the background. Each color shift presented a different feel to the painting. Eventually, I put my Goldendoodle away for a few months and when I came back to it, the struggle was gone and I was finally happy to put the painting into art fairs. The other reason I am drawn to my style of art is that I have always found it fascinating how when looking at things close up it could be anything but it can change your perception of the painting the further out you get. Colors start shifting, creating different colors and lines start merging with other lines. In the past, the biggest consideration for painting something was what I wanted to do with stripes and color. What surfaces did I want to explore with my style? I found flowers and water a natural playground for working with colors and stripes, and a good study when figuring out what direction, width, and color would give the best outcome. Painting dogs in this way, one gets away from over-sentimental portraits of pets and perhaps explores the innermost design elements of a particular canine. design elements of a particular canine.