“We shall find peace. We shall hear the Angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”
- Anton Chekhov
My paintings celebrate those moments when peace illumines and transforms us. The women in my work are peacemakers, nurturers and justice seekers. Peacemakers from ancient times to the present inspire me. Their stories reaffirm the unlimited potential of the human spirit for good. They are profiles in hope, compassion and wisdom.
I'm a storyteller and my paintings have often been described as "visual poetry". Stories help us to remember that we are all connected, and what affects one of us, affects all of us. They have the power to inspire us to create the inner peace that sows the seeds for peace with others.
Our intimate connection with nature and our role as its’ nurturers and protectors, is a reoccurring theme in my work. Albert Schweitzer once said that until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living things, we will not find peace. Streams, lakes and seas are symbols of life, discovery and renewal. Forests, woods and seashores become places of sanctuary, revelation and transformation.
Acrylics and oils are my primary media. Drawing is a defining element for me and I begin by blocking out major shapes with a strong dark line. Using linear brushstrokes that create movement, rhythm and unity, I then add many layers of color, texture and pattern. My goal is to tell a universal story of peace, compassion and joy.