After many years of drawing portraits in pencil, I started to implement color into my art. At first it was mostly browns, beige and black more muted colors. It wasn’t until I attended a two week workshop in Altenkirchen, Germany that everything exploded with color. I didn’t use just one tone of red but applied various shades,up to seven layers. It was at this time that my paintings were consciously unplanned.  I rarely make sketches whether it is for a painting or sculpture (except for gourd work).  For that first brushstroke, I try to keep my mind free and totally clear of any notions, ideas and pictures. I then study, by turning, the painting on all sides until I “find” the subject. 

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