Introducing my painting:
"Bonnie's Beach."




I always like to experiment with different sizes and shapes of canvases in my work.  Lately though, I have been experimenting with painting on different materials as well.  I tried my hand at painting on mirrors not too long ago, which was an exciting challenge as I tried to figure out how to make it work.  This time though,  I chose to paint on glass.  I wanted to see what would happen if I left parts of the painting blank and allowed the wall to become part of the painting.  I have also thought about hanging this in a window somewhere and seeing how the light coming through it would effect it.  In both the mirror paintings and this one, I like how the environment that the painting is in changes the painting.  It is a strange little surprise for the viewer as they realize that something is different. 

I have been thinking about windows a lot in my work recently and I wanted to integrate this theme into my ideas about painting on different materials.  So I bought 3 float frames and they sat in my room for a while.  I wasn't sure what I was going to paint in them.  Thankfully though, my friend Bonnie just moved back from Washington State and had a bunch of amazing photographs from her time there.  The photo that struck me was of a little beach that she used to go to to pray.  (The beach is in a place called Burfoot Park in Olympia Washington.)  And wa la... a painting is born.

See this painting in progress here.

Detail of Painting.

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"A  painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer.  It dies by the same token.  It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.