What do you do?

I am at a party and somebody asks me what I do. Do I tell them what I do all day? (housework, errands, childcare and lots of painting, drawing and preparing for submissions and shows, marketing, calling  and other administrative things) Or are they asking me what I am? Can I even separate that? I say I am an artist. Next question is usually, what kind of art do you do. ha ha ha, well I am all over the place. I paint, I draw, I use all mediums. I am always learning and pushing myself. Well, what is your style, do you paint landscapes or pet portraits? I do have a style that is mine but I am so close to it that it is sometimes hard to articulate what makes it my own. When I look back at the past year I see abstract designs, repeating leaf motifs, washy watery arcs and scallops, moody watercolour portraits. Large scale abstract paintings. Oil landscapes. Collages. Line drawings. Just click on my gallery and you will see.img_4122

Sharing my process

Palette and painting. I am always looking. I am a person who stares and squints. We drove through the mountains and I just stared out the window the entire time. I love the colours this time of year and the various greens and dark greys and purples. I just knew I would come to the studio inspired. I don’t always oil paint, sometimes I use acrylic, sometimes watercolour. But I do something everyday. I am a visual glutton. I am working on this oil painting now, it is in it’s very early stages and maybe not pretty or done enough to share but I want to anyway. My paintings go through so much, the end result might be very different then what you see below. The beginning is so good and sometimes the paintings are so clean they almost seem too good to touch but they are not finished. I have to get at them and make a mess of them and keep working. That’s how they get depth and meaning. I am not a one layer painting kind of girl.
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