Fine Art Oil Paintings in Ajijic, Mexico & Phoenix, Arizona ~ To the Design Trades & Private Collectors since 1998
My family owned a collection of World Book Encyclopedias and as a child I spent countless hours exploring their pages, fascinated by the colorful images of exotic things in far-away places.
Outdoors, I was obsessed with Monarch butterflies and the gold embellishments that adorn the chrysalis like nature's jewelry. Inspired by that magical touch of gold, my gold crayon decorated every drawing ~ and I still incorporate metallics in many of my works of art today.
In the studio, there’s just me and the work undergoing a focused transformation, like caterpillar to butterfly.
It's exhilarating and meditative at the same time - but it’s in the final stages of detailing, when I see the completed
work manifest on canvas, that I enjoy the deep sense of fulfillment that drives me to create.
My deep connection with that childhood sense of wonder reveals its presence in the thematic, symbolic and narrative aspects of my #BohemianFables paintings, a series of fine art oil paintings that depict costumed figures and living creatures in exotic garden settings. The #BohemianArtStudioCollection depicts unique moments, objects and images from life and nature that capture my imagination.
My paintings start as a flicker of inspiration and take form as I go.
When I feel a spark of inspiration, it's kind of like writing poetry - there's something that has to be expressed, but I'm not quite sure what I'm going to say until it actually starts taking form. I have a general idea of what I want to create when I start a painting, but what begins in my mind is never what ends up on the canvas. As certain elements materialize, new ideas arise and those lead me in new directions.
As with poetry, colors harmonize like rhymes, figures tell a story, detailing sets the mood. As with dance, there is movement. As with music, the composition brings together a combination of harmonious elements that tell a story. My art is poetry, it's dance, it's music, all rolled into one - but mostly, when I'm alone in my studio with my work, my art is love.