460 Japonica Way, Boulder, CO 80304
I am a painter with two very different forms of inspiration and subject matter. I vacillate between capturing my interpretation of a landscape during a brief moment in time and capturing what transpires, often over long periods of time, in my own internal world. I paint in oil on canvas and mixed media on paper.
Part of me is drawn towards the serenity of a simple landscape or a detail within. I have been obsessed with the study of plein air painting (painting in the open air) for the selfish reason that, as a plein air painter, I can step outside, immerse myself in nature and “work”. While painting in nature, I focus on communicating what I see and feel in the moment, while learning how to understand the interplay of edges, color and temperature on canvas. The mood of a time of day and place is probably what I focus on the most.
Additionally, the practice of plein air painting is one area where I generally feel 100% present and engrossed in what I’m doing, which feels like an absolute gift, a grounding. As an artist, art therapist and trauma therapist, the concept of practicing presence is exceedingly important. I enjoy painting the vast beauty in Boulder County and Colorado, and occasionally have the treat of painting in other locations.
The other part of me paints to express my thoughts, dreams and obsessions. I call these my “Mind’s Eye” paintings as they come from within and help me sort through my interior world. As a trauma therapist and art therapist, I often use this creative process to balance and make sense of what I see, hear and feel. I learn a lot about myself through these Mind's Eye paintings, which tend to follow the themes of solitary searching, the depths of the subconscious and paths/choices one has in life.
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