Abstract Contemporary Artist

Sometimes I get so excited while painting I dance and twirl. Often the racing in my mind takes over my body which is displayed by scooping up  gobs of paint with brushes and energetically smashing the paint onto the canvas.  My paintings are about being in the moment. I attempt to   work within the concept that there is no “me”.  I have a driving force, searching for a way to be emptiness in space, which comes from studying Buddhism.  This driving force is the passion that keeps me painting even when frustrated.

I have been enchanted by modern art since I was 10 years old.  Abstract paintings have especially enthralled me.  I spent hours visiting art museums and galleries as a child.  I was especially mesmerized by a Mark Rothko exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago and remember sitting for hours contemplating his paintings on canvas.

Painting, for me is not just about "being in the mood".  It is a discipline that requires a set schedule.  I am in the business of art.  Going to my studio is like going to the office.  Of course it is easier to paint when I feel an energetic rush. But it is just as important to work during a creative block.  Struggling is the only way to break through that block.  Some of my best accomplishments have come from making mistakes.  And leaving the mistakes on the canvas often completes the artistic process.