Piece description from the artist
This piece represents how my life has stacked up. How beliefs stack up. How things I was taught stack up. How everything in life was explained to me and whether I questioned things or sought my own answers. All these things stacked one on top of another. Sometimes they fit nicely, sometimes they got mixed up into each other, sometimes they just had to get tossed onto the ‘I dunno’ pile because nothing lined up even remotely. I find myself questioning everything I’ve ever learned and have been taught. Whether in school, by my parents, by family, friends, religion, books, etc. All of it is a question. What do I now do with this messy stack that has accumulated for 60 years? I’m seeking answers and truth. Not just going with what someone tells me or what I’ve read somewhere. It’s deeper than that. I’m dismantling and trying to let things fall into place that make sense and the rest of the things that don’t, letting them sit off to the side and tossing anything away that I now know to be false. It’s like cleaning the attic. It feels good. Feels like I’m cleaning out my mind so that better information can come in…or in some cases, no information at all. I feel freedom for the first time in my life. True freedom. Starting over at this point in my life is scary but also exhilarating. New life adventures are waiting. I’m an open learner and observer right now. Life holds new things for me. Living in the moment is the main goal for my life. I try not to dwell on the past or regrets. I try not to dwell on what’s to come. Living in the now is also freedom for me. And you know what? It makes for much better artwork! Thank you so much for reading my thoughts here and looking at my art. That sincerely touches my heart.
I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.
In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.
I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!
I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.
I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.
There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."