Currently my journey towards becoming masterfully skilled in figurative painting has lead me to look deep inside myself for new inspiration. This contemplation has helped me to develop my latest painting series called "Journey Inward". I will be completing 12-15 paintings that depict significant events in my life that have shaped me into the artist and woman that I am today. I will show you how I see and feel about the world around me. I want the viewer to be able to see their own story in my compositions and I hope to elicit strong emotions. To quote Jeremy Irons, "...artwork should be dangerous and uncomfortable and surprising and all those things that motorcycle riding is."
My portrait style ranges from the classic to closely framed with bright color to placing my figures into imagined worlds. Currently I am working to add more painterly brush strokes to my work while balancing the realistic outcome I desire. My process includes studying paintings by the Masters of the past and great artists of today. This allows me to adopt parts of their techniques and styles in development of my own. I have and will continue to attend workshops taught by some of today’s most successful portrait artists. As a member of the Portrait Society of America, I have access to highly accomplished mentors and am currently being mentored by Tina Garrett. I am a self- taught artist and each painting brings me a feeling of integrity and accomplishment.
During my studies of great artists from the past, I fell in love with the works of Norman Rockwell. This led to my homage series of cheeky Rockwellian inspired redos of past Saturday Evening Post covers. I push the tone of these paintings to depict an everyday American eroticism. I refer to this as, “The Fifth Freedom,” and my pseudonym for the series is Norma Cockwell. It is my goal with this series to tastefully depict the playful and risqué side of American everyday life in the realistic illustrative style of Norman Rockwell. Taking things a step further and keeping with Rockwell's own process, I replaced Rockwell’s subjects with my own family and friends. This led to the development of my "Rockwellianzed" style of portraiture.