Have You Seen the Sky?

I love painting skies! If emotion could be painted it would be in the form of a sky. Someone once said that sky is a medium of revelation through which God shows himself to us.

Do you remember as a child looking up at the clouds floating by and seeing each cloud as a bird or a face or a car? Do you remember the myriad of color shades in the stormy, angry, rain clouds coming across the lake at the cottage? Do you remember your favorite, burning-red, sunset sky?

What is your favorite museum, landscape or cloudscape masterpiece – Constable, Turner, Van Gogh?

My landscape paintings are in the abstract painting style. Abstract Art doesn’t even try to look like anything from the real world. The subject of the painting is simply the colors used, the textures in the artwork and the materials.

My landscape paintings give me a great deal of personal creative expression by inputting into it emotions and feelings. By definition, paintings done in this style are intentionally different from real life – colors are more vibrant, forms carry more emotion, details and texture add life. All of this allows us to see the landscape in a totally new way, as if infused with emotion, hyper-energy and a life of its own. All of a sudden it speaks to us; communicates something. I do not add materials to my paintings for added visual or tactile texture. I allow the composition and the interwoven combination, the intensity and the iridescence of the colors themselves to speak to us.

Please visit my Landscape Gallery to see more of my paintings!

My Studio My Art

Artists’ studios are as varied as their art but they are always sacred places dedicated to creating. The studio can be a rented space, a back yard, a movable location that changes from time to time, a location under a willow by the pond, a corner room or a corner of the bedroom or – my re-purposed solarium.

I am lucky that my studio is in my home. Once my other life’s work is under control, I retreat to my studio, a re-purposed solarium, to execute my art. It’s my sanctuary where I can lose myself in my work.

It’s a light-filled space that brightens up my soul. All my supplies are close at hand. I have a place to hang up my inspirations and Carmen Rizzo’s electronic music to listen to.

I don’t have the luxury of time – or peace and quiet for that matter, so meditation for inspiration is not how it “comes to me” as it may for most artists!

Visualization is key for me. Before I begin a painting, I have to see it as a completely finished piece in my mind. I have established the subject, the layout, the colors and the size… I even sometimes see it hung in a particular setting or establishment. My visualization happens while I’m busy doing everyday mundane stuff. Then, when I can, I retreat to my studio.

I know it doesn’t sound very rock and roll, spiritual or romantically poetic – but it’s real.

To see more of my art, please visit my Fine Art Gallery . To buy my art, please visit my Studio Store.