These works represent my ongoing series using manipulative tactics that include hammering, torching, bending and soldering, to create mixed metal collages, and in some cases, combined with painting. My focus is on painting and mixed metal collaborations. Whether I am painting or compiling metal, I am always thinking about patterns, color, and textures, and how to interpret the landsape combining realism and abstraction. My fascination for the last 15 yerars has been working with metal, found objects, and sometimes combing them with small intimate watercolors. I like to create dialogue between the cold metal surface and form a patina that can interact with my watercolors. Inspirations for my work are combined with my life experiences which included living by the oceans of California, the deserts of New Mexico, the asphalt jungles of New York, and my present life in the mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Over a 40-year span, I have had the good fortune of living in these very diverse landscapes and making many works of art from these inspiring environments which has also helped my work mature and evolve through exploration of new media. I consider myself to be in a continual state of learning and experimentation as I strive to make meaningful expressions through art.
Through the years, I have shown work in Washington D.C., Boston, Memphis, Little Rock, and Various group exhibits in Northwest Arkansas. I studied art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and completed my Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting at the Universiyt of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where I have lived since 1990. It is my ongoing hope to transcend and transform through the building and painting process, the spirit of nature that is such an important influence in all of my work. Life experiences and decisions have altered my work in many ways over the years, for which I am thankful, because otherwise, there would be much less meaning in my world as an artist.