B.A., Augsburg College, 1981, major-art, minors-art history and communications
I’ve found calm walking in the woods, observing the seasons, anticipating the way the light peeks through the trees and sparkles on the lakes. I paint these moments. After many years of walking the same paths, I’ve become alert to changes, increasingly aware that this place will never look the same again. Especially in the winter, I feel as if I’ve been dropped onto another planet because the landscape has become so transformed.
Impressionists used a dash, pointillists a dot, Cezanne a rectangle, and Chuck Close goes wild within a grid----and yet our minds can easily translate these shapes into representational images. They created “far-sighted” works that come into focus when seen from a distance.
In my paintings, basic shapes stand in for more complicated forms and are carriers of color. Sometimes I use lines to separate the shapes and to convey energy. Horizontal or vertical lines express a feeling of calm while diagonal, curving or undulating lines create a sense of drama and movement. I put squares within squares, or lines inside shapes to optically mix colors and convey personality or emotion.
I paint with thin, flat paint. Brushwork and textures are absent, as they interfere with a clear reading of the shapes, lines and colors. My focus is on the complexity within the landscape, and on connecting the parts into a whole. Each painting is a universe onto itself, with a distinct visual logic.
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