I have waited many years to have the time to explore art, as my architectural profession has kept me busy! Now is the time! I work daily on my acrylic painting skills, using botanical subjects as my primary area of interest. My garden provides a wealth of subject matter close at hand. Particularly drawn to high contrast light and shadow, I find garden foliage textures both fun and challenging.
A need to accentuate a hard-to-find front door created black canvas banner hangings, painted with acrylic, that simulate mosaics - a fun, quick, and graphic rendition of the complexity of ceramic mosaics.
My love of animals is apparent in the pet portraits I generate, for I enjoy capturing each special personality! I have found a great group of local artists with which to learn and grow, and I look forward to stimulating times!
The Lakewood Arts Council Gallery has a wonderful holiday show each year that runs through November and December. Earlier this year artists were asked to embellish a found chair, adult or child sized, that would be donated to the gallery and sold as a fundraiser at the holiday show. Several artists participated, and I enjoyed adding chairs to my weekly searches through the local thrift stores, finding four children's chairs over the months. After re-gluing, screwing, and sanding the chairs as needed, I was ready for the ornamental painting. Some also have details highlighted with gold penwork. See the results below. Next year it will be small table and I'm already on the lookout!