Jury - 2020 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR
I believe every person is important, created for a purpose in this life. Everyone has gifts and talents and a story. That mixture of the innate and experiential—whether good or bad experiences—makes a unique, special and beautiful person. My artistic philosophy illustrates the inherent value of every person through the beauty of creation, especially of the human face and form.
I use cast-off treasures like paper scraps, bits of jewelry, gemstones, typography, stamps, handwriting and other embellishments, with highly-rendered main subjects--people, animals or structures--to make a new creation which emphasizes the hope of redemption and new life from discarded things. The result is a one-of-a-kind painting in acrylic or oil, depending on what it asks for.
There are many layers of detail, as with people, and stories which whisper through the surface. With the current violence against one’s fellow man in our world, if I can show the value and treasured identity of human beings and what we were created to be, maybe I can encourage people to think about their neighbor differently, and with love and hope.