Since I last saw you, my husband and I have purchased a house and acreage in New Mexico. Our property on the Mesa has been amended and eroded over the last 1,000 years by the addition and subtraction of soil, mostly as a result of water action. I am using water to amend and erode the paint in a series of works about the Glorieta Mesa. The Erosion Series was painted in 2011-12.
Creating a series of unplanned images was my goal for the Emotions Series. I reacted to color intensity and value contrast based on how I felt at the time I applied paint. Often, the emotional reaction developed into animal shapes. The desire to create a specific image existed only in my subconscious and was completely unplanned.
About ten years ago, my husband and I chartered a sailboat out of Bellingham, Washington with our three adult children acting as our crew. We crossed the Rosario Straight in rough seas. I have used definitive shapes and emotional color to express my inability to enjoy the challenge of sailing in turbulent waters. All were painted between 2003 and 2004
In the 1980s, our three children often paraded through our kitchen creating a joyful cacophony as they beat on pots and pans. Now that our lives are quiet and serene, we remember the contrast in noise level most fondly. In this series, I have worked with light-dark contrast and the shapes of various social institutions to create a visual cacophony as I remember our kitchen orchestra.