Artist Statement Submitted 2016I grew up in the country outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Most of my free time was spent digging for artifacts in the red clay banks and contemplating the natural textures of the woods which stretched for miles in all directions. Hunting for minerals in the North Carolina mountains was also an intense interest.
I am still digging, but the raw material is found in the subconscious. Each layer of acrylic with pumice that I apply is scraped off the reveal some of what came before, and the end result usually exceeds 100 layers. I also include the mica from the mountains and sand from the coast that fascinated me in my youth. Rather than landscapes of the south, Donald Kuspit referred to them as psychological landscapes, but they are truly of the land. My early morning walks contribute to the atmosphere in the paintings.
I started painting seriously at age 12, and continue to discover new meaning 58 years later.