ink, acrylic, collage on paper
“I’m a mixed media artist who lives and maintains a studio along the coast of Rhode Island. Attending the University of Hartford, I graduated cum laude with a BA in painting. Always finding the time to create, the fulfillment of a dream to retire and live by the ocean now affords me the time to immerse myself in the studio and paint.
My approach to painting is spontaneous and leads to beautiful surprises, translating inspiration to paper. Color is a dominant element in my paintings. Watching the bloom and flow as vibrantly colored artist’s inks find their way around the surface of water saturated paper is reason enough for me to paint!
My painting Parasol Party is part of an ongoing series using those playful umbrellas used in fruity tropical drinks. I’ve painted them, blown up the shapes, and used them as collage elements. With their perky color, imprinted patterns and circular shapes whirling around in my imagination they appeal to a sense of whimsy. Whirling, twirling, cartwheeling!!”
“I’m so captivated by the juicy, vibrant colors in this painting. There are some areas where the paint is very ethereal and transparent, and there’s other areas where the paint is really thick and opaque. And that’s creating a really wonderful sense of depth where some of the colors are really leaping out at me off the surface, and some of them are really pushing backwards into space.
I love the fact that this painting was created with those little paper parasols that you get on drinks. I would love to see that pushed more. I feel like that aspect of the painting is not as prominent as I would like it to be.
For example, the parasol in the upper right-hand corner I think really shows that part of your technique and I’m craving to see that more in some of the areas of the painting.
So, I’m wondering if maybe you could consider taking this piece off of your surface, which is a rectangular shape, and only using the parasols as a surface for your painting. And then maybe even letting the painting become in amorphous shape. It could be a really fun way to push this technique further.”