Since the early 2000’s, most of my work has involved the creation of conceptually based abstract paintings demonstrating the strong impact of color and movement, however recently I have been painting common themes of realism. In my most recent painting, “The Barn Window”, I deconstruct the American Midwestern late 1800’s red barn down to a single weathered window. This darkened glass window with little reflection tries to show off the agricultural life it was so once proud to reflect. Not only does the window reflect the years of hard farm life, Midwest winters, but with time the inevitable; abandonment. In the painting, textured layers of red and white paint peel away to reveal a rawness to the wood that has become covered in moss and takes on a new life of it’s own. In the top panes, you can see the grain silo that is presently still in use nearby.
As with most Americans, there is a underlying sadness as we see the days of family farms sold for various reasons due to outstanding loans, housing developments or for another unnecessary strip mall. In fact, the red barn which is part of a family farm in Indiana has been sold and has recently been torn down due to it’s condition. All that is left is a photograph taken by a young woman named Tami Reece, whom at the young age of 33, passed away from cancer. I desire to honor Tami and her photograph with a painting titled, “The Barn Window”.
Time to work on a project away from my usual abstract work and into realism. The original photograph was taken from the Reece family farm (my husband's family) in Indiana. To describe the photograph not only can you see the years of wear and tear on the barn, but a rather dusty window with little reflection left, a grain silo still in use today. This barn is no longer standing due to the property just recently being sold. Time moves on, but old memories remain. I'm proud to paint "The Barn Window". Check back with me on the final painted version.
I have fond memories of my days in Sarasota, FL. From the beginnings of moving to a different state, attending Ringling College of Art & Design, to taking in the city's beauty. Many of evenings were spent watching the golden sunset over the emerald gulf, what a way to end the day!
If case you are wondering... Welcome to my new updated blog, out with the old and in with the new! Actually, the older blog started back in 2005 had too many bugs and we felt the best thing was to just start over! And why not! I'm winding down the year here and looking forward to 2010! Making decisions on ideas for a couple of abstract series. Don't you just love abstract art? If you couldn't tell, I love the color & movement! Also, you get to interpret what you see in front of you. At times I need not to be told the message, or view "in your face" art, but rather enjoying expressions of the brush that don't translate an exact idea or perspective, but many! Like when you area kid looking up at the puffy white clouds in the blue sky. You ask yourself or your childhood best friend, "What do you see?".
Keep a look out for my latest abstract paintings. Oh, and there is exciting news about upcoming art auctions on Twitter! How cool is that! Remember, art gives off any room or space great energy.