To create is everything, life force. –Mary Rae Rush (Mary Gravelle)
I am a visual artist living in Sedona, Arizona, where the Southwest landscape is awe-inspiring. Since moving to the southwest in 2006, the landscape has been an integral part in my daily life as well as informing my art. There is no finer creator than the original source of it all, God / Goddess.
Color, intuition, nature, and energy are sources that create a curiosity large enough to explore on the canvas.
I love the natural world. I love painting outside in nature. There is nothing as exciting to me right now than getting out on the trail or some other gorgeous piece of land and painting a scene that I love.
Other inspirations include graceful forms and shapes. Beauty soothes me. Angular juxtapositions and vibrant color excite me. The sway of a tree branch, the rich colors of a sunset, the bold red of a fire hydrant, or the angular shapes formed by rooftops, these are some of the things that intrigue and inform my art.
I get a feeling, a question arises, or something intrigues me enough to dive deeper into its meaning. The drive inside urges me to create, to give expression to what I am learning about or seeing in the world around me. Because of this need to probe deeper, I sometimes work in series. I find that this gives me more of a chance to understand what it is I am seeking to understand.
My work leans more toward the abstract. I use the medium that fits the work at the time. I paint on wood or canvas creating two-dimensional works using mixed media and/or acrylic paints. I also create two-dimensional works using digital media and photography. Experimenting with the medium keeps my art alive and fresh, keeping me engaged and interested in the process.
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