Artist Statement—Doing art and sharing it with the public at the FCCA is more joyful and satisfying than ever before. After the devastating Covid-19 pandemic and my own personal struggle with a broken hip in February, we have all endured social distancing, lockdown and a longing for the company of family and friends. My most recent paintings have evolved from the difficult circumstances of these six months. Organizing boxes of old photos from decades ago, I was drawn to images of gatherings from many years past- my first birthday at Colonial Beach, July 4th on the bluff overlooking the Potomac at Mt. Moriah Farm, Thanksgiving dinner at our family home, Hillcrest, and the James Monroe High School Homecoming parade on Washington Avenue. I was captured by these scenes of togetherness from long ago, so far removed from today’s reality.
In childhood, discovering sharks teeth in the sand, gathering beach glass, and shell fragments among the pebbles have inspired other recent paintings. These offer a close-up view of the exquisite designs of nature in the creatures of the Chesapeake Bay and Outer Banks, and gathered as treasured reminders of summer vacations. I’ve also included local scenes of our historic surroundings along the banks of the Rappahannock River - the Counting House, the tunnels of Embrey Power, and the Chatham Bridge.
In my current works, I’ve chosen oil as a medium as it offers a richness of hue and deep saturation of color, evocative of a moment captured in time. Frequently painting over old images, multi layered paint creates texture and depth, leaving traces of old color from the past.