My cottage-style garden's casual grace and charm welcomes visitors into a congenial world of colorful flowers, vegetables, berry bushes and herbs. My paintings are a reflection of this informal mixture of floral and edible plants.
The subject matter of my paintings developed from an early interest in botany and a later interest in gardening. The close observation of plant structure and form is always the starting point for my drawings although I frequently partner the plant subjects with complex and beautiful man- made objects.
My paintings rely on the relationships between colors. I begin building my composition with the initial color of my subject and work to create a color chord that ties the work together. I find that watercolor allows me to layer and intensify color while enjoying interplay between splashy spontaneity and tight control. Time is an element in the slow pleasure of working out a complex visual puzzle.
My goal is to direct the viewer’s attention to the tangled, intertwining beauty of the material world.