Who would have thought that an “East coast girl” would end up falling in love with the Great Southwest? I was smitten on my first visit to Santa Fe in 1993. The light and shadow captured my heart, and the organic adobe architecture fired my imagination. Nearly twenty years, and over three hundred paintings later, I am still enthralled by the beauty and wonder of Santa Fe and the surrounding area.
With formal training in oil portraiture and realism, my Architectural LightScapes have become an escape into a world of vivid color, intense light and a free and easy, almost whimsical approach to painting. My years of working in advertising and graphic design shaped my geometric style and the exploration of this mysterious architectural form illuminated by the sun set my imagination free.
With the inspiration of the Southwest, I transitioned from oil to pastel, an intense medium that captures rich, pure colors and reflects the play of light and shadow giving the painting visual excitement and depth. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing an image emerge out of the darkness of the rich, black underlying paper.
Twenty years did not pass without change. But each age brings new sublimity to familiar images. I look forward to another twenty years with the beauty and artistic excitement of my home away from home.