Simply put, I paint because it makes me happy. I paint because of those days when I am in a zone where time, worries and the outside world melt away. I paint for those paintings that I actually step away from with excitement and joy; those paintings that seem to paint themselves. They are elusive but they keep me coming back for more. It is what I have done all my life - sporadically at times as a busy mom - but now it once again has my full attention.
Three years ago I picked up my first pastel stick with the idea that it looked like a medium I would like to try, having spent many years painting in watercolor. The immediacy, workability and versatility of pastel have since mesmerized me. I enjoy using it in combination with a watercolor under painting. My work has been evolving quickly as I explore this medium and push its boundaries and mine.
Recently, I have been translating my pastel series of figurative work into oil on canvas and hope to post some of my latest pieces here soon.