Figurescape #6 (working from the inside), I think of as my metaphoric self-portrait. Her eyes are looking inward. She is an integral part of the painting, emerging from it and submerging into the color, forms, and lines.
When I work, I take an inward journey, inspired by scenes, sounds, and events in my external life. I am animated by music and the vistas from my Tucson, AZ, studio.
Paul Klee said that making a line is taking a dot for a walk. As I traverse the canvas, board, or paper, I am engaging in a dialogue between my right and left brain. The conversation begins with a physical mark—a wandering dot—on the picture plane. This discussion continues with a “what if?” and grows deeper and deeper with the interplay between mark and idea and idea and mark. I am not signifying any physical object or space, but rather attempting to take the dialogue deeper and more spontaneously into the subconscious.
The result of this conversation is an exploration of depth through planes of color and texture. Like any exchange, the pace can be staccato and charged with emotion or slow and melodic, interspersed with times of rest. And, as in any art expression, this open-ended conversation invites viewers to continue the dialogue from their own experiences and ask the questions "what for?" and "what if?".
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