Artist Statement

Staring me right in the face!


I loved my past career but there was something missing so I decided it was time to use some creative outlets to see if I could identify what it was. I tried a number of different paths but none stuck! Good thing I have a sense of humor! Then eurekaI did a quick head shake and there it was staring me right in the face!


It was an oil painting! Our family coat of arms in fact! I had painted it as a family heirloom and now it was giving me some new vibes.

I have enjoyed the peaceful art of oil painting for decades. From the time I saw my mentor, Patricia Marie Carroll (nee Bearns), hang her painting of a beautiful seascape on our neighbor's wall I knew I would paint too. Something about that composition provided me with an opportunity to feel as if I was actually gazing out of a cave watching the ocean throw its weight up onto the rocks. I stared at that painting for a long time. It left me feeling as though the spray of the breaking waves was hitting my face. I don't know where that painting is now but it definitely inspired me to pay homage (see the "Seascapes" collection). Her advice came in many different hues and tones but they all meant the same thing. Something to the effect of 'dig deep and challenge yourself to always improve and always embrace opportunities to learn as much as you can during your life adventure'. Words I live by. She also would remind me that wherever my art was displayed it would always represent a little part of me. I'd like to think it represents a little part of her as well. 

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