It may be that the gulfs will wash us down
It may be we shall touch the happy isles
And though we are not now that strength
Which in the old days moved Earth and Heaven
That which we are, we are
Made weak by time and fate
But strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find
And not to yield
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I moved to Southern California in 2003 from the Midwest. I fell in love with the San Diego area a few years before while visiting a friend. The vibrant and diverse nature of the landscape captivated me. From that moment on I knew this was the place for me.
I always enjoyed art as a child. I experimented with a variety of expressions as children do. My mother was an amateur artist and taught me many things. She loved to draw with charcoal and pastels. I inherited my love of art from her. The yellow rose behind my ear in Inspiration is a tribute to her influence.
After exploring the San Diego coastal area for a few years, I began to travel east. The landscapes of San Diego and the surrounding area deeply influence my art. The views from the highway were incredibly inspiring and they rekindled my desire to create. I began to draw the rolling hills. That was enough for a while, but I felt like I could paint. My husband encouraged me to try an art class. I signed up for an intro to drawing and painting and have been off and running ever since. Painting in oil really seems to suit me. I enjoy the fluid nature of paint, and oils give me time to contemplate the next layer. The possibilities seem infinite.
On a spiritual level, I discovered yoga and was drawn to the calming and centering aspect of my practice. I began to look inward and connect with my motivations for creating art.
My early work is reflective of actual places. Lately, I have begun exploring more abstract and expressionist concepts. My art is centered around the connection between nature and ourselves.
Art Around Adams popular vote winner - November 18, 2017
Art Around Adams - June 2017 (unofficial)
Sedona Art Prize Competition - 2016
Art San Diego - November 2014
Ray at Night - September 2014