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Aquarius #6, watercolor and thread on layered Yupo paper, 41 x 40″

For this painting I have gone back to a format of alternating painted strips and empty space (unpainted paper). I wanted to allow for both maximum chaotic movement and, simultaneously, the restraint of geometric order. The painting is one of four that were created for a commission from SMINK Art and Design in Dallas.

In “Green Light River” I have continued to combine sheets of small circles with overlays of horizontal bars.  The combination feels rich, almost Romantic, to me in relation to the paintings with just one kind of shape in them.   These combination paintings read as abstract landscapes, with the bars suggesting rock strata or multiple horizons.   My materials – watercolor and synthetic paper – and repetitive process unfold in unexpected manifestations, bringing surprises and freshness into the studio.

I think winter is my favorite time to paint.  There are fewer distractions in the garden or the cultural life of Santa Fe, and the light turns softer.  On overcast days, there is a milky, indirect quality  to it that seems to seep into the studio, enclosing me in the world of color/paint/transparency.

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