I’ve found that being creative makes me feel good—like daily exercise or meditation. In my journal, I wrote:
Painting can feel like riding a wave into shore. It is thrilling and has moments that feel ‘out-of-body.’ Like listening to music, it rouses an emotion. I love creating art, and when people look at my paintings, I hope they feel a similar feeling to what I do when I create them.
Bright and bold colors, rhythmic shapes — these have always been part of my painting style. My subject matter, however, continually evolves. Some subjects stick around longer than others. I had been painting still-lifes of mainly flowers and then briefly glass reflections using acrylics for nearly 5 years when I felt inspired to try something new. My nautical series began as a whisper — a whisper calling me to explore both a new medium and a new subject. The unpredictability of oil paint was refreshing, providing the element of chance that I chase when painting with more predictable acrylics. Seascapes were just different enough to imbue my process with a strong sense of the grace of being a beginner and thus allowing me to work more fearlessly. The boats became my flowers and the ocean’s reflections were a magic bonus.
Prints maybe purchase through my art store.
I teach private lessons in both painting and iPad art. And I teach beginner painting classes designed for those who would like to experience paint in a single session. Those classes are called “Joy of Paint! at the CCA” and are available locally to Chelmsford, MA.