Ceramics and Oil Painting
My art is abstraction inspired coastline explorations. In my paint process, I prepare my canvas with a textured surface. It is applied randomly yet plays a strong role in the art as there becomes a dialog between the hard-edged textures and the fluid organic subjects which inspires the process. I work in oil, thin washes to slowly build up.
In clay, it is a similar process. It is a progression of building up and carving or taking away until I find the balance in motion.
Studio Tour Hours:
August 27 & 28 September 3-5
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions to Studio 10 at 42130 Rock Cod, The Sea Ranch. From Hwy 1 mile marker 57.72, go west on Halcyon, right on Leeward Road, left on Seal lion, then right on Rock Cod to #42130.
There is a counterbalance that occurs with the movement of water; a sort of reset. I am a child of the California foothills; an area laced with creeks and ponds, but for a short time I found myself in the homeland of my father in the North Island of New Zealand. It was there I discovered the sea….ever since, finding my way back to the sea. I am an explorer of tide pools and a collector of rocks, shells and sticks.
I am watching movements, smooth rounded hills rising and falling away; grass rolling and billowing like a giant sheet across landscape. There is rhythm; a repetition of calm. The same rhythm sends great waves crashing against the shore; eroding away pathways then burnishing small stones.
In paint or clay, I work to express what I am seeing. I am not looking to represent those visions; regardless of their beauty, instead, I am searching for connections, the essence or rhythm. Always there is the dance of “cause and effect”; the progression of building and taking away until I find balance in motion.
In the beginning, I prepare my canvas with a textured surface. It is applied randomly, yet plays a strong role in the art as there becomes a dialog between the textures and the subject which inspires the process. I work in oil, thin washes to slowly build up. In paint or in clay it is also the progression of building and taking away until I find the balance in motion.
My studio is located on the North Coast of California and I can also be found at my secondary studio in ARTHOUSE on R, Sacramento CA.