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Statement of Work

I would describe my paintings as “notations of balance”. This series of paintings is inspired by three major influences: the canopy of color suspended through the change of season in my adopted home of Pennsylvania; my relationship to the horses I train and learn from everyday; and the concept of visual pattern that is found in written language. These influences all converge to determine the feel, movement and content of each piece.

Moving from Zimbabwe, Africa, to the East Coast, has opened me up to the generosity of color offered by the seasons. Spring heralds in longed-for warmth and flowering trees, in summer the daylilies shimmer in heat and humidity, fall sees the leaves dazzle in death, and winter purges the canvas with whiteness and brilliant light. This ever-changing suspension of color influences my painting at its core level.

My other passion in life, dressage, is about balance, cadence, tempo, and rhythm. All these elements are central themes of my work. A study of the physical balance of two entities becoming one. In riding, and painting, the artist has to work through a set tonal structure and trust her instincts to find her way out of a maze of infinite possibilities. A painting is a living thing, and, like a horse, must be listened to. I often consider a painting finished when I can hear it.

The visual pattern found in written language is a concept I am intrigued with. Be it calligraphy, sheet music, a page of Braille, or something as simple as a shopping list. In an abstract sense there is an ebb and flow of characters on the page, a balance and rhythm between positive and negative shapes. In a parallel yet more literal sense, “reading between the lines” there is often more importance in what is left unsaid. And so I ask the viewer, to really look, what is the subject matter, the rocks, circles, squares or the foreground? The illusion of space or dimensionality? The putting on, or the taking off of paint? That which is erased, or that which is evident?