I have been a studio painter for over 35 years, and I am still fascinated by the alchemy & expression of paint. Primarily I paint in oil on canvas. Oil paint is a very elastic medium with rich color, which will stay wet for several days. I work wet into wet, using brushes and pieces of plastic to move the paint. I am constantly exploring the canvas’s surface. My painting process allows for a lot of spontaneity in both paint handling and color. I begin a painting with a basic concept, and wander through many stages of paint action and destruction before arriving at a finish that feels resolved.
When I relocated to San Francisco in 1977, I was very influenced by the Bay Area figurative painters. The figures in my paintings are abstracted by motion, water and emotion. I paint in a series, often working on several paintings at the same time. These series include: Women Shopping, Swimmers, Class Photo Series, Beach Series, Pacifica, Portugal, and Flux. Monotype, a painterly printmaking technique, is another area of my exploration. I began experimenting with watercolor in 2008 as an Artist-in-Residence at Foundation Obras in Portugal.