2021 Artist Statement
Seeing a sunset and painting it on site is not the same as painting in my studio. The emotional connection is so real in an outdoor setting. To hear the waves or frogs on a lake, to feel the crisp Minnesota air, to bask in the sunshine, and to touch the waving grasses, all make my creativity soar. This is why I paint in watercolor and acrylic outdoors.
Mark making is a great start to a painting. When I begin I might use a votive candle to randomly draw into the watercolor paper, I am making lines that resist the paint. In many of my landscapes you can see them in the grasses or stems of flowers. Then, I use a large Hake brush for a watery sky and add grey and yellow to it, a sunrise emerges. When I use a smaller square brush and dip it in the blue green paint, treetops pop up in my landscape painting. My palette knife or my fingernail make marks in wet paint that form grasses in the foreground or birch trees in the background. And lastly, scrubbing slightly with a damp brush makes with paper look like fog in the distance.
I enjoy the process of making marks and discovering where that takes me. All of my senses become engaged and make my marks to create a successful painting.