I received my formal training in Northern California at Humboldt State University, where I majored in art with an emphasis on painting. Although the human figure and landscapes were predominant in my student work, I became increasingly drawn to the creative and interpretive freedom of abstract painting. This shift occurred during a seven year stay in Japan, where, influenced by the spontaneity of Sumie painting, I began working with combinations of ink, crayon, and pastel. After returning to the United States, a desire for a more immediate balance of control and spontaneity led to the use of acrylics as the main medium. Space, textural contrast, and mood are major elements in my work. These days I tend to alternate focus between painting and collage, sometimes both. Since moving to Flagstaff, textures, colors, and themes reminiscent of this red rock country began to appear. The various kinds of balance and the interdependency of color and form play fundamental roles, as do the nature of control and release in the painting process. Matisse, in his interest in the purely esthetic function of painting, has been an indirect influence. Other influences have been the paintings of Paul Klee and the artwork of children.
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