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ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
I am a still-life painter. I work with both oil and acrylic paints. For me painting is not a recreation of reality, but a response to it. To paint, is to balance color, line, texture, and space creating a new reality. What I “do” becomes more than the paint and canvas. My intention is to create images that compel the viewer to interact with the piece on an intellectual level, evoking an emotional response.

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My work starts with reality.
Set ups from the stuff I have around my home and studio.
I do sketches to see how it all fits on a surface.
I look for relationships and repetition.
I play with color.
I want to know how one color will react next to another.
I let texture play a part in the drama.
Line will imitate movement.
Value emulates mood.
Somehow, it seems to be more than just a still-life:

IT’S ART!

 

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