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Artist Statement

 

I’m a watercolor artist and Sacramento native. Plein air painting is my passion and I create spacial narrative experience landscapes to express my fascination with the ability of nature to quiet the mind and invoke an unspoken sense of wonder and awe. I create atmospheric scenes depicting deep space in places unspoiled by modern influences. My inspirations appear mainly while hiking wilderness areas of regional, State and National Parks. I love a wide vista, whether from a mountain top or at the edge of the ocean.

I have a long work history with the California Environmental Protection Agency as a compliance agent, a National Parks volunteer, and a California Naturalist/Climate Steward which shapes my interest in climate change. I appreciate diverse environments along the coast, Delta, Sierra and desert. I consider the impacts that climate change has and will continue to have on these environments and the creatures that live in them. This interest  quietly drives my artistic work.

I consider my style to be contemporary California Regionalism which celebrates a loose and abstracted blend of East and West influences such as brush calligraphy, simplicity, bold color and symbolism. I'm a Signature Member of the California Watercolor Association.

My work is described as dreamy, soft, ethereal, and peaceful. Whether in the studio or outdoors, I start with a reference photo using my iPhone camera to lock in a composition before I free-hand draw it onto archival cotton paper. I paint using a wet-into-wet technique which entails painting with moist paint on wet paper with soft edges and minimal texture. I mostly use granulating pigment and paint with body to it. It’s exciting to add in colors and see what happens as mineral and carbon based pigments mingle, and to see how evaporation impacts each section of the painting. I also enjoy discovering color combinations when glazing a new wash over a dry wash. These watercolor techniques are experimental but painting in this manner feels free and enjoyable.

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