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                                                  ADDISON GALLERY

                                                         "Refraction"

                                                        SOLO SHOW

                                                         

                                                       MARCH 2022

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ARTIST STATEMENT
My paintings are layered bursts of energy inspired by nature’s movement, blending  the here and now with memories. Forms and lines fall into a sea of emotion. Shapes and reflections drift into volumetric configurations.  This effect captures the essence of nature’s and light creating an artistic metaphor opaque, airy, thick and organic.



I pour colors onto the canvas and watch what happens, intuitively I edit. In a manner similar to the impressionist mindset. There is, in me, a constant attentive awareness to create light within the work through color pairings and interactions. This is an emotional response to my surroundings. A moment is captured not as a pastoral landscape; but as the glow of light or movement of forms. My tendency leans to the calm, soothing organic application over the vigorous brushstroke.

Mixed media allows for more creative freedom and gives the materials a voice. I direct, they sing.  The materials are manipulated and moved around in an effort to form the idea of the painting.  Mediums are added to get the desired consistency and texture. I chime in to gather the idea together.

Translucency is created via different techniques and is usually the result of great experimentation. Water and other mediums are added to the materials to allow for spontaneous incidental reactions. I then use hard edges in the oil paint to edit, finding the gems in underlying layers.  Mark making in the painting serves as a resting place for the eye and adds diversity from the organic shapes in my work.  I also use graphite and oil pastel as drawn elements.



The most common reoccurring theme in my work would be the ocean or natural elements and forms.   The shapes serve as anchors for the mind to stop and reflect upon.  They can be identified either as ambiguous or as recognizable forms based on  what the viewer brings to the piece.  I heighten some shapes by making them a focal point or lessen by hiding them beneath other paint layers. Often I aim to create the sense of a pool of water or an image seen within a crashing wave.

Additionally, I have a pull toward distinctive color palettes at certain times of the year as the seasons change.  I use either subtle or intense color interaction alternately to create depth or space. The overall process could be called a discovery as I am intuitively responding to shapes as they form whether intentional or as a happy accident.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

AERENA Galleries                           2022                “Solo Show”                                    Napa, CA
Addison Gallery                              2022                “Forward Insights”                             Delray Beach, FL

Gaia Contemporary                         2022                "Solo Show"                                    Santa Fe, NM
Umstead Gallery                             2022                “Solo Show”                                    Cary, NC
AERENA Galleries                           2021                “Spellbound”                                    Napa, CA
Christopher Martin Gallery                2020                “Women in Abstraction”                     Dallas, TX
Addison Gallery                              2020                “Ebb and Flow”                                Delray Beach, FL
Studio Montclair                              2019                “In the Windows”                             Montclair, NJ
Pippin Contemporary                        2018                "Expressions in Color”                       Santa Fe, NM                                 Umstead Gallery                             2016                “New in the Garden”                        Cary, NC
JF Gallery                                      2016                “Solo Feature”                                  Marietta, GA
Thomasville Center for the Arts           2014                “Bird’s Eye View”                              Thomasville, GA    
Huff Harrington Fine Art                    2013                “Barber Abstract”                              Atlanta, GA         
Gregg Irby Fine Art                          2008                “Out My Window”                           Atlanta, GA
Rutledge Street Gallery                     2000                “Elipses”                                         Camden, SC


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Anne Louckes Gallery                      2020 - present                                                         Glencoe, IL                                
Addison Gallery                             2015 - present                                                         Delray Beach,FL
Pippin Contemporary                       2016-2021                                                            Santa Fe, NM
Pryor Fine Art                                 2015 - present                                                         Atlanta, GA
Jules Place                                     2013 - present                                                         Boston, MA
Scope Miami                                 2015                                                                     Miami, FL
Marietta Museum of Art                    2014                 "Metro Montage XIV"                        Marietta, GA
Palm Beach International                   2014                                                                    Palm Beach, FL
Spotlight on Art                               2014-2001                                                           Atlanta, GA
Huff Harrington                               2014-2009                                                           Atlanta, GA
The Story of the Creative                  2013                                                                    NY                                                
Columbus Museum                          2013               “Let there be Art and Bloom”                Columbus, GA
Thomasville Center for the Art            2013               “Elements"                                        Thomasville, GA
Thomasville Center for the Art            2013               “Fresh”                                            Thomasville, GA
Thomasville Center for the Art            2012                "Blue"                                             Thomasville, GA
Fine Art in Brentwood                      2012                                                                     Brentwood, TN
Art in the Yard                                2012                                                                    East Hampton, NY
Saks Fifth Ave Gallery                      2011                                                                    Atlanta, GA
Thomasville Center for the Arts           2011               "BLOOM"                                        Thomasville, GA   
Huff Harrington Fine Art                    2011-2013                                                           Atlanta, GA
Gregg Irby Fine Art                         2009-2000                                                            Atlanta, GA
Studio Montclair        Currents          2008                                                                    Montclair, NJ
Valdosta State University                  2008                "Valdosta National"                           Valdosta,GA
Swan Coach House                       2007                 "Little Things"                                    Atlanta, GA