ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 40

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“I love color.
I see color
everywhere. I
am drawn to a
specific spot for
some indefinable
reason. And look
and look and
look. Something
catches my eye.
I load up my
palette, pick up
a brush, holding
it as a conductor
would hold
his baton, and
begin.”
Painting in L’Anse de Colombier, St. Bart’s
I try to capture the essence of the scene in my painting,
the color and the emotion, and leave the rest to the
viewer’s imagination, thus inviting him into the
painting.
Someone once said I work to the muse of Monet, Van
Gogh and Joan Mitchell (Joan Mitchell did not paint
en plein air
but captured the essence of nature in her
work); I was thrilled. Those artists have helped guide
me to develop my own personal visual expression and
style to share with the world.
In the cold of winter, I often travel to warm climates
where I can paint outside. Last winter I was on a
windjammer in Caribbean. The boat stopped at a small
secluded cove on the island of St. Barts. I tried for an
hour but could not get my portable easel to stand up in
the sand due to the strong winds. So I had to paint with
the canvas flat on the sand. The challenge enhanced
the result. The painting, ‘L’Anse de Colombier,’ has a
freshness that I could not have captured in the studio
or painting from a photograph.
Garden Composition, Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 24 inches, 2013
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