ARTIST STATEMENT

Years ago, a painting mentor said to me “Paint what you think about a lot.”  This was perfect advice for me because I was always intrigued by paintings with content or a “message”— something to engage the viewer intellectually.  Because I often think about the changing US healthcare system, entitlement programs, and aging in general, I have gravitated towards social commentary paintings on these subjects. 

Using symbols as a way to get across a message has been my challenge.  I am always searching for symbols, questioning, for example:  what symbol might work to show a fractured healthcare system?  Perhaps a broken plate? Perhaps a very long bed?

And now with the Affordable Care Act, I have even more creative food for thought. One concept:  as aging Baby Boomers retire and need more services and support, and as more previously uninsured people receive health insurance, the question is: can our terribly complex and expensive healthcare system be redesigned to become more efficient and less expensive? Can I use symbols and words in my paintings to capture these complex concepts and still engage the viewer?

I hope that my social commentary paintings on these subjects are provocative.  I want the viewer to focus on the emotional and social/political content of these paintings.

 

 

• RESUME - Exhibition History

 

• PUBLICATIONS (Recognition)

• Ballard News-Tribune

• The Spokesman-Review

• The Kitsap Sun

 

FAVORITE QUOTATIONS ON AGING

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

 

In youth, we learn; in age, we understand.

--Maria von Ebner Eschenbach

 

When young, you tend to forget you are mortal. When old, you remember life is short.

--Stimson Bullitt