Styles come and styles go and often they come back again...it’s definitely been a circular path.
As a child I was totally into drawing figures with my Sumi pen. Sometimes I would add color but most often they were black and white. My trademark was a quick, lose, sketchy style of drawing people who I observed in ordinary life (very similar to many of my Fun Sketch Fridays). The drawings were whimsical, abstract and fun. Upon becoming a teen, I transitioned to watercolors, still lifes and coastal scenes. It wasn’t as fun but it was important for me to learn realism. During my teens I attended a private, Catholic high school. I wore a uniform every day and almost everyone in my school looked the same. I loved high school but looking back on my work during that time, I see that it was reflective of my environment. Then bam, college life found me at a small art school that was part of a huge state university…boy did my world change. I became friends with so many different types of people…and I thrived. There was such a new found energy to my work. It was big, it was bold and it was F U N!!! I graduated, fell in love and I became a Guidance Counselor. Whaaaat? A Guidance Counselor? For me, this isn’t too far off because artmaking has always been a form of therapy to me, a way to make sense of my world. As a counselor, it was rare that a session didn’t involve markers, crayons, journaling and clay. A few years later, I got married and left my job and New York City to move to the suburbs and have our first child…who knew there would be four more!!! As a new mom, my style transitioned once again. My paintings during this period were the most realistic they had ever been. Looking back, it makes sense, I was a new, young mom hoping to do everything right. Fast forward to five children, and here I am. I’ve come to the realization that there are no picket fences and life is not always able to be planned accordingly. My work is back to the bold, abstract style that I find most enjoyable. At times geometric, often free flowing but always fun and always a process that is brings me clarity and joy.