“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”
My intuitive, dreamscape paintings spring from the “well” within, often surprising me with fascinating images. Meaning shapes seeing and my work provides contemplative insights into the inner landscape.
In a serendipitous moment
in 2005 I happened upon some vintage postcards in a small rare bookstore on St.
Simon’s Island, Ga. I was fascinated by the messages on the back-written in
1901-1910- they were very polite & subdued in comparison to this day &
age- was passionate love throbbing beneath “fondly yours, Ethel”? Was the
postcard picture of a lonely night scene with a car driving over a long dark
bridge a way of saying, "I’m lonely, I REALLY miss you?” The pictures and
the messages capture a moment in time & space that we, as voyeurs, can
imagine into our own story. The postcards can also convey a sense of setting
for the inner landscapes that we experience. Thus, I began my series of vintage
postcard paintings. "Sometimes the painting story evolves from the
postcard image or message and other times I know what I want to express & I
look for a postcard that fits". I use stamped figures of women to
represent an archetypal Every Woman. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines
archetype as "the original pattern or model of all things of the same
type.” I wanted to use a woman of
no particular ethnic or socio-economic background to express the explorations
of our inner landscape- motherhood, lover, friendship, happiness, sorrow,
death, spirituality, loneliness, ageing etc. but always with hope &
tenderness. By using multiple
facets of symbolism I intend for the viewer to find layers of enchantment with
each viewing. "Meaning shapes seeing- the images a viewer sees within my
paintings evokes a feeling that gives the painting meaning to the viewer."
Rather than tell an obvious story my narrative paintings give the viewer enough
material to make up their own.