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.
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.