A painter’s thought processes involve exploring both ideas and colors.
Some ideas start with landscapes. Riding in a car taking pictures of trees and mountains with movement or walking around a lily pond in spring, summer or fall. The water lilies disappear down under the water for the winter and then come up PINK in spring!
The fog on rainy, grey days (that will be another series). There are so many different colors of greys.
Paintings usually like to get said simply and sometimes just one color is all it takes. Less is often more so the process may be about what can be taken out of the painting rather than what else can be put in. The better painting might often be done through subtraction rather than addition.
One idea leads to another so the work is constantly changing. An idea might not get onto a canvas and painted for years and then one day resurfaces and cannot wait any longer.
The End of the Day series of smaller painting are added to at the end of every workday to clean the palette of paint. Mixing the constantly changing leftover colors together makes new colors that might never have been used. They are done with a palette knife rather than a brush to help use all the scraps. The end pieces of linen and the end pieces of wood from framing also get used too. And they are hen get turned into money for more paint!
After receiving a degree in ceramics from Boston University in 1979, I enjoyed being a potter for another 12 years. I would make functional dinnerware but also very large porcelain pots coil and thrown and then hand painted. My back decided that it had enough of clay so I redirected my creativity to oil painting. I thank both Leo Garel and Kate Knapp for helping me make that transition.
Though my paintings are inspired by what I see around me, my intentions are not to copy what I see but to show personal interpretation, individual vision and emotional expression. While I was born in the North, my Dad was born in Greensboro and my Mother was born in Raleigh. North Carolina has been my permanent home since 1999.