I was 8 years old, when I saw the Aurora Borealis. My Father and I hiked a snow-covered hill, on our Wisconsin farm for an expansive sky view. The green light danced in the sky, varying in intensity, shape and hue. I was awed! Creating moods of light is a continuous exploration that still fascinates me as an artist.
My ideas begin with an image that is enticing, because the light is reflecting, an emotion, or it invokes a unique memory. I ponder the image. Often, I write adjectives, poetry, or a descriptive synopsis. I search images, colors, and make numerous sketches to clarify my vision. After I have applied gestural marks and colors to the canvas, the painting story begins to emerge.
Painting experience reveals when a painting is finished. I purposely leave a little mystery in each work, to give the viewer an opportunity to engage with the art piece.