“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” -Joseph Campbell I am a Southern California mixed media artist drawn to representations of the textures and colors found in nature and of of the earth’s natural elements.
Path at Dusk
Painting: Oil, cold wax on canvas.
My neo-romantic landscapes are inspired by the English Landscape painters of the 19th Century. Thick creamy paint and pastel colors in proximity to rich neutral tones tells the story of a lush treelined path on a cool winter morning. Cold wax and oil paint build up the rich texture needed to achieve this vision.
Tears of the Sea
‘Tears of the Sea’ 25.5” x 37.5”, mixed media on wood. Quarter inch espresso wood float frame. This artwork was created by found object sculptor Lynn Dodge and painter Karen Gooding Haub and will be showing at The Channel Islands Marine Debris Art Show at Ventura Coast Brewing Company from 6-10 pm tomorrow night, September 20th. Please come and support those stewards of the ocean who collect and remove plastics and trash that endanger and kill marine and island life native to Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz Island acts as a trash barrier to the Santa Barbara and Ventura coastal areas. Due to its position in the Pacific Ocean, a lot of debris littering the ocean washes up on the south facing side of the islands endangering native birds, sea birds, marine life, and island foxes.
Mixed Media on canvas Size: 24 H x 24 W x 1.5 in
Unframed. Edges painted in Payne’s Gray, looks black.
Ships in a cardboard box
‘Requiem’, 24x24” mixed media on canvas. Painting brings me peace and joy like nothing else...this piece developed very quickly and felt like ‘moving meditation’ as I painted and scraped nonstop for a few hours this afternoon. I felt great freedom working this way, but my concerns about the fires in the Amazon have been on my mind recently and that is what manifested on my canvas. So much work to be done to try and save our planet... help wherever you can.
12x12”, mixed media on wood panel (encaustic and shellac),
Unframed with black finished edges.
There was a creek that ran through the yard near my childhood home in middle Tennessee. I remember so vividly the smell of the thick rich mud that squished between my toes as I waded through the deepest parts, holding hands with my sister.
Mixed Media Painting Size: 12 H x 12 W x 1.5 in
Unframed gallery wrapped canvas with painted sides.
Inspired by the peaceful stillness of a winters evening by a pond. The glassy water reflects the dusky blue sky as a bird's repeating call provides the music of the evening. There is something holy, or spiritual about being alone in nature and absorbing all the sights and sounds, like a Canticle (a holy chant). There is a rich depth of texture from layers of paint and collage on this powerful piece of art.
Dreaming of the warmth of the winter sun as it peeks through the clouds.
Mixed media painting
‘October Skies’, 20x20”
Framed in natural birch 1/4” float frame
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Inspired by the sloughs and wetlands of Southern California. I particularly love the light of the early morning sun and the beautiful colors of the sky reflected in the still water. I used an expressionistic technique, using a palette knife for the underpainting, then selectively softened some edges with a brush.
The sounds of nature are like music in that they are soothing to the soul, and enriching to the heart. ‘Sonata’, 36x36” mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas. This painting is from my landscape series “Singing Dreamscapes” in which sheet music is collaged beneath the painting, revealing glimpses of music through the more transparent layers of paint and texture.
16x16”. Encaustic on wood panel. Edges painted in black.
White pigmented shellac burn in foreground for texture. Nature can be both darkly ominous and simultaneously stunningly beautiful. Thinking of Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Waterfall” .
Mixed Media Encaustic Painting Size: 10 H x 10 W x 1.5 in
Ships in a box
‘Solace’ is a neo-romantic waterfall fantasy done in encaustic (beeswax and resin) I am inspired by natural light and the beauty of the natural world before the industrial revolution. My work is a tribute to the drama and majesty of nature unmarred by man.
Mixed Media Encaustic Painting Size: 9 H x 12 W x 1 in
Reclaimed Barn Wood, Gray Frame.
Ships in a cardboard box
SOLD. Ocean inspired encaustic work reminiscent of the beautiful color of the water in the Gulf against the setting sun. Complementary palette of blue/greens and oranges evoke memories of wading into cool rushing water as the hot, sultry air closes in around me. To me, the humid, close Summer air in the South feels like a warm hug from the universe and reminds me of my childhood growing up in Tennessee.
East Beach from Stearns Wharf
SOLD East Beach from Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
8x8” open acrylic on 1.5” gallery wrapped canvas.
Inspired by the light and rich textures of the California Plein Air Painters during the early 20th Century.
Big Sky Morning
BIG SKY MORNING
Painting: 6x6”, Acrylic on Canvas
Inspired by the California Plein Air painters of the early 19th century. This seascape is reflective of my love of cloudscapes. It is a tiny painting at 6x6", but has energetic brushstrokes and texture, giving it big atmospheric presence.
Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
‘Morning Breaker’, 4x4” Open acrylic on 1.5” gallery wrapped canvas. Painted sides.
‘The Wide Ocean’ by Pablo Neruda.
“Ocean, if you were to give, a measure, a ferment, a fruit of your gifts and destructions, into my hand, I would choose your far-off repose, your contour of steel, your vigilant spaces of air and darkness, and the power of your white tongue, that shatters and overthrows columns, breaking them down to your proper purity...”