I am one of the original paint-by-numbers
kids, starting around the age of 10, then progressing to actual oil painting
lessons at 12. I have never lost my love of the texture, feel, smell, handling
of the medium of paints, whether acrylics, oils, gouache, textile paints.
Painting has been the touchstone of my visual art life, as I seem to go back
to it at intervals and reclaim something of myself I once knew.
Just how old and deep that knowing is comes home to me whenever I view French
Impressionist art. At recent exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts,
there was an actual felt resonance in the body, a vibration, in the presence
of Van Goghs, Monets, Cezannes, Renoirs. It is like a primitive, primal chord
is struck somewhere within and hums in recognition and celebration. There
is great empathy too for these avant garde artists staying true to their personal
individual representations of the world, countercultural to the art opinions
of the time.
cloth uses all the art forms I have learned and been inspired by over the
years. It is a synthesis or integration of my work in and love of calligraphy,
collage, painting, fabric, fashion, poetry, and graphic design, all in one
package! Everything I've done artistically, creatively, up to here seems to
have been preparing me for just this work.
I welcome your interest in