“Follow Your Bliss”
Dimensions: 28″ x 80″
Media: Acrylic on Wood
Fair Market Value: $2700
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Although I have painted throughout my life, I realized I was an artist about in 2005 when I began making a concerted effort to spend time in the studio and I noticed that when I wasn’t painting on a regular basis, I was very cranky. My work is about colors and their relationships. I have long been drawn to contrasting colors and patterns and my work allows me to experiment with different color combinations. Years ago I had a teacher who was a strict colorist. She had us mix colors for color wheels until we perfected them. It was then that I grew in my appreciation for complimentary colors and as a result I am very conscious about the choices I make regarding color in my paintings. I dare anyone to find a painting of mine where I haven’t included the compliment of any color in the painting. I think of myself as a color match-maker, making sure that no spot of color is left alone without its compliment.
My palette consists mostly of cadmiums and cobalts. Things that excite me about my paintings are the hidden patches of canvas or scraps of old jeans that are primed on to all of my wood panels; the lead pencil lines which offer proof of the process; new color combinations; and unexpected object placement.
After moving to Asheville six years ago, I was inspired to paint on wood by the local folk artists. Borrowing from their simple methods of painting, using whatever material they had around them, I found a very fun and meaningful to paint. After a few years of painting on reclaimed wood, selling at outdoor markets and building a following at festivals and fairs, my work can now be found at many galleries in the Southeast.
I’m deeply touched by the contrast in the world – the beauty and joy as well as the suffering and sadness. Painting is my response to life and in my work I seek peace and resolution in the midst of the contrast. For me, the pursuit of beauty is a luxury and a necessity and I’m so grateful to be an active participant in it.
I took Jen’s challenge to paint a piece that has to do with open doors quite seriously – and had a lot of fun with it. When I witnessed Jen’s passion and love for making connections with and for children, I was inspired to create a piece that reflects the mission of her new non-profit. There is a quotation by the late mythologist, Joseph Campbell, that sums up Jen’s mission and my own work in general and the piece that I’ve donated to this event. (These words can be found on the bottom edge of my painting):
“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
I feel that Jen is opening doors by supporting children in discovering and following their bliss. It is an honor to contribute a piece of my work in support of Jen and all those whose lives she touches through Open Doors.