Inspiration for my work comes from many different places, but mostly, it comes from the worlds within myself. The figures that I paint come to me in many different forms. Sometimes, I feel as though the subjects of my paintings are beings from elsewhere who wish to be heard in this world. I am their voice.
Art, music and literature have long been an active part of my life, and frequently have provided me with inspiration. I have long admired the Pre-Raphaelites of 19th century England, who were rebelling against the coldness of the Industrial Age. Music and literature that speak to me of other times and places fuel my imagination, and send my work into those other realms.
As always, mythology and folklore remain an important source for me as well. Goddesses who represent the strength of the Eternal Feminine remind me of strength within us mere mortal women. They are reminders of the wells of strength within each of us. I frequently place my subjects in surreal settings. They are beings of power who exist in realms other than the mundane one we normally occupy.
I use colors that are very rich and brilliant in hue. I stay away from the pastels traditionally associated with watercolor. I enjoy using a glazing technique, allowing layers of color to give each other luminosity. I have found I can achieve this luminous look better with watercolor than with any other medium. I feel the transparent nature of watercolor goes well with my spiritual subject matter.
I paint with watercolor because I love its flowing, watery, almost intuitive nature. One can control watercolor, yet it retains its own unpredictable nature. Like life, it has a tendency to turn out in a way I don't always plan. I enjoy this about it, however, and enjoy working with the challenge of finding that middle ground between the idiosyncracies of the paint, and my own abilities.
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