Beat & Path, my newest collection of works, will be featured at my solo exhibit at The Brick City Center for the Arts, Ocala, Florida throughout December.
The concept for this show came about because I try to march to my own drum and avoid the beaten path. I create works in a multiple media, often mixed together, and I don’t like to be cornered by just one style, media or approach.
As an artist, I like to develop my message in various surfaces and media, mainly water-based pigments. (watercolor, acrylic) with the addition of colored pencil, oil pastel, dry pastel, and graphite.
I challenge myself not to do the same thing over and over again. That’s just too easy. I like the challenges of mixing methods, styles, and genres.
In this show particularly, I was drawn to natural images played out with color, texture, and style not usually associated with a basic landscape or still life.
My subject matter centers around nature, social issues, and sustainability, occasionally with tongue-in-cheek. The combination of media and surfaces drives my development of a particular piece.
My works range in size, but recently I’ve been going really big. I want to capture an entire scene or statement and go for the “wow” factor.
This show offers small accent and mid-size pieces under glass as well as larger framed canvases. I feel a variety of sizes and shapes make for an dynamic display, almost like storytelling.
I’m also showing a few three-dimensional pieces made from re-cycled mannequin forms. These are probably may favorites because I used something not usually associated with fine art and gave it my own twist.
I hope you join me on my “Beat & Path” and that my pieces make you smile, think, or ponder.
PS The opening reception for Beat & Path is Friday, December 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Brick City Center for the Arts. 23 S.W. Broadway, Ocala, Florida 34471. We’ll have live entertainment and light refreshments. Please join us if you can.