I've always loved to paint and draw. For many years I was frustrated by my inability to create what I wanted to see. I worked in watercolors and acrylics and managed to make a few paintings I liked well enough to hang on the wall. I kept at it, trying new techniques and talking to other artists I knew. In the past, I had tried oil, but couldn’t seem to make it work. I also tried a paint called casein, which is a milk based paint that allows you to re wet and re work it. But I decided to try working with oils again, and this time was able to make a painting I liked. I had no idea how to use it, and in reading books came away with the idea that it's up to you to decide how to use the paint, a medium, like linseed oil, and turpentine. I studied more and became comfortable with the process. Also at this time I was exploring subject matter. I started by using photos from books, and then did a series of paintings that were from 1950's magazines. I love graphic art and magazine ads from the past, and was also collecting vintage items. I started taking my own photographs and getting more confident with composition. I was painting a lot of different subject matter- dogs, old family photos, architecture. I decided to focus on small intimate moments from my own life. I started noticing when sunlight hit items in the house in an interesting way and photographing them.
My husband and I travel a lot, so I'm always keeping an eye out for composition, color, and shadow.
When working on still life, I prefer to leave the objects arranged as I come upon them and paint them as I see them. It gives the painting a more casual, spontaneous look.
When working from the photos I don't necessarily want to re-create it exactly, but look to reimagine it.
In both instances I do this it by adding color, and working with the light source to represent a mood or capture a feeling.