As a poet, I worked through elementary school rhymes to adolescent emotional struggle and into young adulthood, with rage and minimalism. In Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde writes:
“For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. . . . . Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives. . . . Poetry is not only dream or vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives.”
In time I began to paint because, as Georgia O’Keeffe said, “I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.”
I started with simple drawings made from markers, moved into acrylics and oils, and then began to take art classes as time and resources have allowed.
Right now, I have limited studio space and have challenged myself by working almost exclusively on 9″ x 12″ paper and 24” x 36” canvas. This has the added benefit of making my work very affordable to frame. I paint mostly with a variety of acrylics, and sometimes use pastels, chalk, charcoal, ink, and other materials to make marks. I usually start simply, working with colors to match the emotional tenor of what I seek to express. Finding palette for a series of paintings remains an ongoing process–and in that process, one painting begets another. Sometimes, a painting emerges as a more-or-less singular expression, but that is rare.
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