My idea for
this series of paintings was born in the fall of 2006 while traveling
from Portland to SW Washington Hospital to visit my Grandma Franny.
I would commute across the bridge into Vancouver and see silhouettes
of birds perched on telephone wires. I imagined them gossiping about
what other birds were doing or bragging how big their worm was.
I wondered if they were playing the game 'telephone', a game in
which each player whispers to the next player the sentence or word
whispered to them by the preceding player. Morphing often occurs
for instance, "I love you Fred" might come out as "olive
oil and bread." When I told Grandma about my random thoughts,
it would trigger memories from our past. When I was a child, it
wasn't unusual for her to slam on the brakes and slide into gravel
to point out a crane in a field or to watch the geese heading north
in the spring. I had taken this training of observation for granted
and began to see how I had incorporated this in my life. I started
to paint about it.
figure as a metaphor for examining how we are connected, I strive
to create an intimate relationship between the viewer and the work
through color, words, and the subject. Intrigued by atmosphere of
light and color, I aim to capture the vibrancy of a contemplative
sky and the introspective sense of self.
I see painting
as a way of honoring our connection. I love color, the transparent
and opaque quality with which I can play, the relationship using
contrast, and portraying the interdependence of the subjects. I
work on canvas or wood with oil and acrylic paint, and sometimes
Using my love
of painting, my goal in this work was to hone in on the lessons
my Grandma was sharing. My fear, like the game "Telephone,"
is that sometimes the point gets lost and changed along the way.
Knowing our time together was limited. I asked Grandma Franny, "What
from this lifetime do you want me to know?"
she said, "Love, compassion and forgiveness. With that comes