Oil Pastel Paintings
January 5 – February 5, 2015
People viewing my work say they feel as though they can walk right into my images and take a deep breath, because the space there is so tranquil and inviting. My use of vibrant color and undulating shapes create a sense of calm yet buoyant joy, as the color and shapes carry awareness on a journey throughout the picture space. I frequently use pathways or roads to invite exploration.
Going out to paint in different seasons to capture the chang-ing colors of the year, I tune in to the mysterious power of the natural world and translate what I see and feel into the essential elements, shapes, and colors that are the crux of my imagery. Searching out the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful places, I paint the crimson clover fields of spring, summer’s flowing rows of lavender, golden autumn vineyards, and the mauve berry fields in winter. I use oil pastels for my work. They are a wonderful, creamy medium and I adore them for their textural sensuality. Using a hybrid technique that can be regarded both as drawing and painting, I apply thick applications of richly colored oil pastel to watercolor paper and wooden panels, then work the medium with my fingers and other tools.