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I use paint to express my impression of images I see in my mind and in the world. Painting with my fingers, I follow the theories of my influences (Monet, Kandinsky and Pollock) to give the viewer more than just an image. I try to show the image on many levels. I want the people who look at my paintings to always discover something new each time. Each piece truly is a wo-di (Cherokee word for paint) impression.
Over the past twenty years I strengthened my abstract impressionism techniques and continue to move forward in my discovery of color and light. On this path of discovery I have recently found a small fork less traveled, Finger Painting. I also began painting in the Plein Air painting style of impressionist painters like Monet, Pissario, Cézanne and Renoir. As a member of the Plein Air Painters of Indiana, I have been exposed to the true essence of painting in the moment. I used these techniques along with my abstract passions while touring the Tuscan region of Italy in the spring of 2007. Italy and the discovery of Finger Painting have changed my images dramatically. I have put aside my brushes and have been using my fingers to paint. This technique has allowed me a more intimate connection to my paintings and the images in them.
Graduate of Herron School of Art
SAA, IPAPA, Art Center of Indianapolis, Sullivan-Munce.
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