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My paintings are primarily figurative and narrative, with occasional hints of surrealism. I'm inspired by the entire sweep of art history, but am especially fond of and inspired by the early modernists. For my own work, I'm an unapologetic aesthete, naturalist and sensualist, with little concern as to where I fall in the postmodern scheme of things. I hope that people can enjoy my work with an aesthetic experience that's enriching in equal parts to emotional, intellectual, and sensual levels.
My garden photography serves as a source for capturing specific (and quickly shifting)studies in moments of light.
Obviously, all artwork and photography copyright by yours truly, so no borrowing, stealing, swiping, copying, without explicit permission. Thank you :)
"You have surely a sense of beauty and romance in reality. You do not have to soften and sweeten nature to make it beautiful. You are plainly not of the sort who think a work of art or a thing beautiful must be a cheat. You like nature, do not feel like you have to apologize for it, and you believe in its integrity, you like integrity. You think nature is all right, that there are endless , inexhaustible pleasures, and revelations in it. You believe that it is worth while getting frankly acquainted with, and that it is worth while trying to tell about the deepest intimacies of this acquaintance, to tell in paint, or in any other way, in fact. Your work tells me this much, because perhaps I am looking for it, anxiously expecting and desiring it in all work, and because I am used to pictures. That's the reason I say 'go on'. I do not say 'go differently'. You have to go on satisfying yourself more and more in order that others less keen to see and less used to reading pictures will get the song you sing. Your only hope in satisfying others is in satisfying yourself."
---Robert Henri, from 'The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters, and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art Generally, and on Appreciation.' Originally published in 1923 by the J.B. Lippincott Company
I am an artist and mother to a wonderful, smart, loving, funny, and talented 18 year old young man, living in the Midwest of the U.S.
Observer and photographer of light-through-things....
("The Rat Fink Club" series originally published in '93 IUSB student newspaper under M. Cooper Thumm)
Life-long diarist.... (from age 8)
Human companion to one crazy cat and two goofy mutts....
Note: I have been a life-long passionate lover and fan of reggae music; I am so indebted to the singers and players of instruments that have been of great inspiration and healing balm to my soul.
Some Influential Art Books
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri Art as Experience by John Dewey Painting and Tears by James Elkins What Painting Is by James Elkins Society of Six by Nancy Boas The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp The Artists Reality/Philosophies of Art by Mark Rothko Unexpected Journeys the Art and Life of Remedios Varo Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson The Affected Provincials' Companion by Lord Whimsy Ascending Peculiarity by Edward Gorey Sexual Personae:Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia Utopia Parkway the Life and Work of Joseph Cornell by Deborah Solomon