I am participating in the annual RiverArts® Studio Tour in the lower Hudson Valley next weekend, Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th. My space, Studio 237B, is located in the newly renovated Hudson River Landing building at 145 Palisade Street in Dobbs Ferry, New York and I'll be showing my work alongside over 100 emerging and established artists working in all mediums.
If there is one routine and creative process that shapes my entire studio practice it is my discipline with my visual journal. I keep a notebook journal where I write down my thoughts almost daily and I have a visual mood board where I hang photos, magazine cutouts and basically anything else that I find that is currently inspiring me. But the most important aspect of my studio practice is the work that I do in notebooks each and every day.
Earlier this year I started experimenting with impasto - the process of laying on paint thickly so that it stands out from a surface. I started doing some small color studies, pouring paint straight from the tube, making color patterns and mixing super thick and heavy amounts of paint. That’s how my mini paintings were born.
The ride to this station in my professional life was, at times, very bumpy, very unclear, and often very terrifying. I’m grateful for the time I had to learn things the hard way even though I couldn’t see how important that was at the time that I was learning. So what do you do if you want to change careers? It’s scary for sure but here are some lessons that helped me a lot then and continue to help me even now.
I started painting fabric earlier this year and suddenly I couldn’t stop. I experimented on cotton, silks, and all types of blends until finally, just before our vacation I ran to pick up a new denim jacket and I painted that, too. A jacket makes a beautiful canvas!
The Travelers is an ongoing series of vibrantly colorful paintings created using multiple layers of oil paint and inspired by my archive of photographs. In The Travelers I’m working to create art that evokes the passage of time as it is - fluid and transitory. By looking back at my archive of photography work, I can look to the future and imagine where it might go.
I’ve never been someone who adapted well to change. I’m a person who craves adventure and new challenges but I also like feeling comfortable and safe. I tend to keep one foot in my comfort zone and the other dangling over the cliff of the unknown.
Last summer, while on vacation with my family in Greece, I took a photo that has become the starting point for an entire new series of paintings, as well as the perfect self-portrait that I could find in nature. There is a story underneath the surface of every person. Outside you see one thing but inside...inside there could be something completely unexpected, charged, surprising, even. People are complicated. We are layered and nuanced.