Much of my inspiration comes from the world of
a subtle twist of the surreal! I love to look at objects up close and
imagine that I am small and crawling around inside. Many of my pieces
come from these fanciful journeys.
I am surprised by the variety of sources for my ideas. There are times
when a poem will inspire a work; other times the inspirations comes from
word of another, sometimes from a memory, or from a dream. I have awakened
in the middle of the night and sketched out an idea. Every piece tells a story
of where I am – or was during that period.
I feel a need to give life to the images that arise from my explorations and
adventures, for example, while snowshoeing high in the Rockies I plopped down
on my back in the snow to rest. I was directly between two glorious aspen trees
reaching up to and intensely blue sky. My Seasons series was born on that day.
Often when I am hiking in the mountains my attention is caught by the twisted
roots of a tree or by a hole where a squirrel might live. I peer into the trunk
of a hollow tree and think it looks like a wonderful place to live. I find
myself looking into something small or way down a path, imagining where it
might lead and wanting to explore. I want to travel there and feel something
good is at the other end.
I have been inspired by the fanciful and religious writings of C.S. Lewis,
the way his worlds and magical places lead to lessons about God and living
life to its best. Thus, many of my images are designed to encourage one to
travel toward the Truth and Light, whether it be in an imaginary, wonderful
land inside a tree or flower, down a path in the woods, or into a land full
of stairways and doors. When I am painting, I am traveling to these places
as well as yearning to be closer to God. Someday I hope to see a place, which
my painted ideas only slightly mirror. That land would be saturated with perfect
love and infused with light coming through colored glass and down beckoning
I like to give credit to the artists who have
influenced me: Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Jamie Wyeth and Louise
Nevelson. They have all inspired me with their techniques and by the journeys
I have traveled through their
Living in an Iris