" Self Portrait" First I've done since high school.
Who am I again??
"Raven Dream" pencil and pen on paper...
For several nights, I had been dreaming that a Raven was swooping down at me from behind. I would know that it was coming, and change the dream, or wake up. Finally, on Tuesday night, he swooped from behind, and then forced his way in front of me so that I had to acknowledge him. He had a bone... a human bone... in his beak. I had to take it, even though it felt like a great responsiblity. Trying to figure this dream out, and trying not to take myself too seriously...
01/25/08 - Now I see why I dreamed about the Raven.
I am bursting at the seams to paint and paint and paint. I want to fall into the colors and shapes and get away from this sharp world... or enter it more completely. I want to paint to somehow, painfully, achingly, express my duality. I want all and nothing. I want people to see the world as I see it, but I jealously protect my true self and prevent that. I am not a writer, so I will use others' words to express what I feel. My hope is that I will someday touch the same things that these artists touched. Is it all there for anyone to brush against, or is it a secret thing? I feel myself inexorably drawn toward it.
Unknown: "An Artist is Someone Who Trusts Herself. "
from "The Forest Lover" by Susan Vreeland, about Emily Carr "Paint the forest darker." "The current art movement in Paris aims not to reproduce subjects but to represent them through color. It seeks to penetrate the nature of things by bolder brushwork, to interpret by exaggeration, and to convey form with light and color rather than using them as mere decoration on a form. The artist's goal should be to make the strongest possible presentation of his emotional reaction to a subject by using bold color and strong linear patterns." "The new ideas are big and they fit this big glorious West. I do not say mine is the only way to paint. I only say it's the way that appeals to me." "Life was short, and shorter still the number of years a person felt bold enough to face a blank canvas" from "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman "You shall possess the good of the earth and sun." "Smile, O voluptuous cool-breath'd earth! Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees! Earth of the departed sunset - earth of the mountains misty-topt!... Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake!... Smile, for your lover comes." FridaKahlo "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality." Georgia O'Keeffe "Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something."
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My creations include oil paintings, prints, greeting cards, beer labels, custom-designed graphic art, and jewelry. You can see my work in Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico.
I grew up on horseback, in ponderosa pine and oakbrush country in the foothills of Southern Colorado, between the desert southwest and the Rocky Mountains. Our solar-powered geodesic dome, built by my father, sits nestled in a quiet valley between two ridges. I am a self-taught artist, influenced by the landscape of my childhood, my father, and my horses.
I identify with the color, style, and depth of Franz Marc, Frida Kahlo, Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe and Breugel.