I have been making paintings for the past
15 years & showing my work mainly at art shows in California and Florida.
I grew up in a creative environment, with a Dad who was a professional artist selling his art in galleries and art shows across the country. In our home I was always surrounded by his art and a lot of paintings and sculptures of artist friends. I remember thinking when I went to my friend's homes how their furniture and art always stayed the same year after year, while my house was always changing, new art, art moved around, new furniture arrangements, my dad's paintings on our walls always coming and going.
I was also always going to art shows. I really thought it was fun to walk around and see new interesting art I'd never seen before. I wasn't sure about becoming an artist myself until I started experimenting with getting my paint to have movement on the glass and working with different mediums. After testing out my painting technique and working with different mediums, I had developed a style of painting and a look I really liked and decided to make art my work and became a full time artist.
Over the years I have continued to develop my medium and techniques, wanting to create water and beach paintings that are interesting to live with, with beautiful colors, and a nice feeling and movement within them. Growing up in the beach town of Del Mar, California, in north county San Diego, I spent most of my summer days all day at the beach often until sunset. It was really important to my mom to give us that time and connection with the water, and waves, and the beauty. So painting water and beaches became what felt natural to me and what I most liked to paint. It's interesting to see what I can create, and still continues to be interesting to me to make another painting, the ocean, skies, and beaches are always changing and beautiful to see in different ways on different days.
Here's a picture I found of my family at the Del Mar Days Art show back in 1980, standing in front of my dad's art on display, (I'm in the middle with the balloon.)
I make my paintings on the backside of
blended with a mix of the beach elements of sand, shells, and rocks, and touches of papers for land, rocks in the water, umbrellas, and trees.
I developed the mix of mediums and techniques I am working with. Wanting my paintings to feel more natural, I discovered how I could add sand, shells, seaglass, and rocks into my paintings. I was happy to see that it blended nicely with my paints, and was excited to see that it gave my paintings a realistic feel and depth. I also mix in my hand-painted papers into my paintings which adds more texture and depth at times.
Wanting to create movement with my paints, I discovered through the years how to blend and layer my acrylics on the glass, and create the soft look of the seafoam, waves, and clouds. With the subtle metallics I add in, my paintings pick up light and change with different lighting throughout the day.
It's fun to see what I create with each painting I make, and well worth the extra challenges that come with reverse glass painting when I see the glassy colors of the water and the naturalness of the beaches, and how the light picks up the subtle metallics.
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