I am a painter of energy and power. My work is unique and reaches out to the viewer. Each painting is full of dialogue and has its own demands thru color, shape, texture and layers. I love the physical process of applying paint to the canvas. The application of color and line to the surface gives me a sense of freedom and energy that connects the external world with my private interior space. I work the surface of each painting thru layers of original prints, and collage materials. When parts of paintings contain "over-painting" that are then scraped free, it feels that I am sharing part of my life with the audience and sharing is important to me as a person and as an artist. For me, abstract art, like life, is always accessible and inaccessible at the same time. Both tangible and mysterious, abstract art contains the elements of surprise and spirituality.
To paint in an abstract style gives the artist a sense of freedom of expression, but it is a challenge to communicate feelings using only line, paint, color and texture. Many people are more comfortable with objective reality and to stir a response, either negative or positive, is to defy their calm and have them re-examine their perceptions. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” H.D. Thoreau.
I was born in Kansas City, Mo, a city with a delightful mid-western reality. My uncle, artist John Steuart Curry, was a well-known and successful painter of Middle America. I was surrounded by his art and absorbed the idea that all paintings should have a certain look. It was wonderful but it didn’t excite me. It wasn’t until I started my own art journey that I discovered abstraction.
My husband was a career Army Officer and we lived in many areas of the United States and also in Germany for three years. I have studied art and painted and exhibited extensively.
I have exhibited in China, Venezuela, and with the Arts in Embassies Program of the U. S. Department of State. I received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC. I also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. My home is in Washington, DC, where I live with my family and have my studio.
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