Ode To Autumn
Mixed Media on Canvas
36 x 24 x 2", framed to 36.5 x 24.5"
In this painting I was exploring the juxtaposition of hard edges against soft organic curves with multiple layers.
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I spent much of my childhood in the outdoors, exploring fields and orchards, climbing fences and trees, and flying homemade kites in the open sky. The contours and rhythms of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the fertile valley and the winding Shenandoah River indelibly imprinted my childhood memory and imagination. Just as my poems are imbued with open spaces and a sense of place, my paintings are informed by my desire to create, define and claim the small physical space of the canvas in relationship to the larger canvas of the natural world. While my abstract paintings are not traditional landscapes, I like to think of them as landscapes of the heart and memory. Using vibrant, intense colors and textured surfaces, my intent is to create energy and a sense of joy and childlike awe of the world we live in. When you view my paintings, I want you to feel very much alive and in touch with your humanity and creative spirit.