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ON PALETTE KNIVES...

One day, while I was deep in the midst of a series of intricately detailed nature paintings, a wise studio mate gave me a challenge. She said, "take a break from your tiny brushes. Go on vacation with your paints and canvas and take only a palette knife. See what happens."

These paintings are seedlings born of that challenge...

These pieces represent my obsession with edges, planes, compartments, and structure.  As in much of my work, I strive to capture my vision of energies occupying space, sometimes autonomously and sometimes in deep community,  the colors yearning for a space of their own while also needing to get along with others. I see the works as a conversation of color, texture, and coexistence, one that I'd never have privy to, had it not been for a break from my brushes and a weekend away with a palette knife.