I am often asked, “where do you get the inspiration to make your paintings?”
Many things in nature inspire me. My favorite is when those things/subjects in nature repeat or scatter. Like when clouds disperse in the sky, or a giant bush produces a lot of flowers scattered all throughout. Or a field of flowers scattered everywhere. The flowers or clouds become shapes that are brought into my paintings.
I started painting clouds when I was 17 and became fascinated with the way the shapes and the way they scatter, morph, and change light. I think I am always painting clouds or sky in every painting even if it’s a flower shape. Like in this painting below.
I like the scattering because there is a sense of energy and life, almost like cells in the body. This becomes an emotion and dynamism that goes into my work and where the abstraction comes from. It’s not really about it being a cloud or a flower, but the energy that those things exude and the joy that comes from looking at it.
There is a lot that inspires me, and I could write more, but that’s the bulk of what inspired me for this exhibition. Light, sky, landscape, clouds, and flowers painted abstractly.
Acrylic on paper, 16”x20”
Work in progress. Acrylic on canvas, 24”x20”