That is the role of a really great teacher and without knowing it at the time, I had that experience. They in essence, gave me permission to “color outside the lines”. It was also a time period that produced several young galleries which provided opportunities to begin exhibiting while I was still studying. It was invaluable to travel and leave for over a decade which helped to define me as an artist, but returning to Portland and coming full circle was the catalyst for this new body of work. Before starting to elaborate about your production, would you like to tell to our readers something about your process and set up for making your works? In particular, what technical aspects do you mainly focus on your work? And how much preparation and time do you put in before and during the process of creating a piece?
I try to approach every piece with “Shosin” ; beginners eyes. I take with me into every experience and into each new work , my language, personality and experiences and try to interpret them in a fresh manner. All forms of art , architecture, and design begin with a line , but there are no straight lines in # 40 - Jazz Series Acrylic on Canvas 36 " X 48 " 2012
artists , and in the end, decided that spending my developmental years working on art alone, without distractions, was a very good thing . It was also something I had in common with many of the artists I most admired who were very original. It gave me courage to not follow the norm and to stretch the boundaries. The Northwest Region and Portland, in particular, has produced many creative writers, artists and musicians. Two of the major artistic influences of the last century , Richard Diebenkorn and Mark Rothko were from Portland. As a student and young artist developing in Portland’s very vibrant art community, I was exposed to many national and international artists and had the opportunity to meet them and hear them speak about their work. I had a several teachers that played the role of mentor, and rather than rigid instruction, they gave me free rein and a great deal of confidence to trust my creative instincts. It was never an issue that I should imitate their style or tastes.
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