“A work of art does not appeal to the intellect. It does not appeal to moral sense. Its aim is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.” – George Inness
Some of my earliest memories surround moments of tearing off a paper wrapping and discovering the beautiful face and clothing of a brand new doll. I remember pressing my lips against the smooth cold plastic, fingering the eyelashes as I opened and closed the staring eyes, and delicately touching the small fingers, marveling at their perfection. As a child growing up in California, there was nothing that delighted me more than these events.
Perhaps that is why today I delight in the never-ending variety of human faces, the beauty of symmetry (and sometimes asymmetry), the breadth of emotion that can be expressed alone in the eyes or mouth. The challenge of capturing that range of beauty and emotion is what has obsessed me over the past many years.
In my paintings I strive to capture that joy, sadness, peace, age, youth, beauty, fatigue, and the multitude of other emotions that are to be found in the human face and figure.
My husband and I have traveled to many parts of the world, and I delight in painting the faces and figures of the multitude of world cultures that we have encountered. Occasionally I am enticed to paint a landscape or still life or street scene, but find that I am always drawn back to the human face. It is there that I find unending inspiration.