oil painting on birch panel
14 inches square
people often ask how my work has changed with children expecting the answer to be that all the children pictured in the paintings are the addition but they've always been there. the change has been in the deliberate nature of my process. i no longer have the time to experiment while i work, the time actually spent painting is so much harder to find so instead i spend time drawing and planning and researching and more and more my starting point for the paintings are the titles rather than the titles coming last. i've noticed that these pieces are my favorites which surprises me, in school i painted abstract and was in love with abstract expressionism. the process of the painting was what mattered, in fact my love of little patterns of stripes and polka dots tucked away in the details of the pieces is about a visual representation of the time spent painting, sort of a tally mark of time. more and more when i begin a painting i know every detail of what it will look like before i begin and i really enjoy it, now if i could just find the time to finish all of the paintings in my head that i would really enjoy.