and expression. Brushwork meets this criteria. I have painted all
my life in many different mediums. Painting is a place that is home,
another world, a philosophical platform, a fairy circle, an act
of passion or awe, a place to rest hurt, a place to be miraculously
really, this is just the beginning, because painting is also a conduit,
a linkage between one person and another. You can give me a glimpse of
yourself and I will paint that bit of you that I have seen.
This painting is of myself . I painted it two weeks after I came back from China. One thing I noticed there, was how the people looked at me, with seemingly such open hearts. When I came back and was in a small convenience store, I realized I could not look at the clerk in such a way or I might be understood incorrectly. I went home and put on this Native American mask and painted myself as I now should communicate at home This painting is done one rice paper with ink and water colour and the seal is my name that my teacher carved for me when we came back from our trip to China.
as a kid, the life and movement of the impressionists held great
interest for me and curiously so did Chinese Art. As a young person growing up in the consciousness/awareness/music
scene Bay Area of California, the search for understanding the philosophical
aspects of living became a permanent mutation of being. How to be
here now-very prominent factor of life. So, how to paint like this,
how to paint now. And that has been the premise of my artistic history
and career. Resolution came in the form of Asian Style Brush Painting.
For many years I painted on rice paper with the lively bamboo brush. I learned about liveliness and spontaneity and in recent years have brought what I have practiced for so many years to various other papers and now to canvas .Most recently I have been painting in acrylic .
I think sometimes that my work now seems to have it own contrary aspects. People ask me about Yellow Socks..why is she smoking? ..why are her socks bright yellow?....why , why ..indeed. Maybe because you asked ....
and painting a series about mental illness... this is not a popular subject, especially not one to hang for example over the dining room table However, somehow these subjects interest me. All about humanness is so interesting.
And what is interesting makes great art.