In My Own Words…
I really have to give credit where credit is due, and if there’s any real artistic talent within me, it was put there by the grace of God. My mission is to simply do what He created me to do, and “…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.” (Col. 3:17)
With no formal art education to boast of, what I know I’ve learned by allowing the Master Artist Himself teach me and develop the talent He placed deep inside of me from the beginning. The lessons I learn in and through my art are priceless, and those delightful surprises that sometimes, somehow, seemingly out of nowhere, materialize on the canvas when color comes onto the scene are such beautiful blessings!
Painting is my passion – oils and acrylics are my mediums of choice. I’m inspired by nature and am in awe of God’s magnificent creations here on earth. Planning is almost never a part of my process, and my intent with most of my paintings is not to replicate what God has already created so perfectly in reality, but merely allude to the inherent nature of a subject on canvas simply using composition and color, texture and pattern, relying on the viewer’s own senses to create the aesthetic. My goal is to evoke a truly unique experience with each piece, for each person.
Using the palette knife as my main mode of creating allows me to keep the richness of the pigments in the paint and express with deep color a strong sense of space and balance on the canvas. For less texture, I work with the brush which seems more amenable to creating a sense of mood and mystery.
If I’m feeling adventurous and want to break out of my comfort zone, I’ll dive into uncharted waters of other media quite often including watercolor, ink pen, charcoal stick, oil pastels, printmaking, and assemblages of found objects d’art.
I truly love this wonderful passion for art that God has placed in my heart and hope to help others find and develop their artistic passions as well!