N O T E F R O M T H E A R T I S T :
Paintings will arrive signed and dated. I have a unique tradition in that I don't sign my paintings until the very last minute possible.
T H E C O L L E C T I O N 'S S T O R Y
The "So Here We Are" Collection is about surviving, then thriving. This is a celebration of moving through fear and chaos to discover joy in a new life, a new time. From mid March to late July this collection of watercolor and gouache paintings came to life. As the months passed darker and dramatic colors were replaced with transparent brights. As my heart found peace amid chaos, intensity gave way to lightness. Paintings were purposely not finished in any one given month or feeling. So each is the result of layering not only paint, but time and feelings.
I most often work on a small scale but dive deeply with layer after layer of paint. Details are added with the tiniest of brushes to trick and train the eye to see something new at every glance. My work is brazen in color, free from pretense but riddled with seemingly unending texture and linear detail. Best when viewed up close and curious when seen from a distance.
T H E P A I N T I N G 'S S T O R Y
My husband's late Uncle Andy was the patriarch of a family I was welcomed into over 25 years ago. He was a brilliant man, good with his hands and only better with his brain. He made us all proud to be family. He worked a lifetime at a local nursery. He had a green thumb, of course, but oddly loved to build equipment to make the nursery run more efficiently. Every Winter he'd begin seedlings that would eventually become massive, bountiful hanging baskets of blooms for every household of our family. He'd drive the nursery delivery truck to each home and gift us the largest, most impressive plants you can imagine. One basket was always a coral begonia. She'd rain blossoms all summer long. I'd snip them to float in water and just as fast they would grow back. This one is for you, Uncle Andy. I still have a begonia hanging basket every summer and it reminds me of you.