Of all the choices in my life of possible careers or occupations, I had never considered being an artist until, at the age of 23, I took my first art class and, at that point, never looked back.
Now, 30 years later, my knowledge and experience with the pastel medium allows me to capture the nature of light that illumines and defines my world. Part of the theory I have come to understand through the use of the pastel medium, is that purity of color is best obtained on a black surface or ground. Since black absorbs all light waves while white reflects back all light waves, the pigments I apply to black paper need not 'compete' in the viewer's eye with a white or other-colored ground. A purity and special light become a part of each piece. The colors are incredibly vibrant; the work a study of high desert light and the saturated atmosphere of island Maui.
Another wonderful aspect of pastel is that I have the option of using a single hard line (pastel pencil) or of mixing 2 or 3 buttery layers of color right on the paper to create an infinite palette. Through constant exploration, I have combined my love of pastels with the landscapes of both New Mexico and Maui. Each landscape is infinite in form; each sky is electric. The possibilities of color and form need never reach an end. My vision begins simply and grows emotionally as I put that first pure mark of color on each piece of black paper.
It's my hope you feel my love of color and these lands when you view the results, for it is a connection commonly shared, indeed.