I create acrylic and watercolor paintings in my studio in New Mexico. My newest series presents portraits of my grandchildren and reflect the experiences of having painted and sold numerous portraits through commissions based on photographs.
My technique is derived from earlier experiences in creating enamels. Because I wanted to produce larger size enamels than the limited size of the copper my kiln would allow me to fire, I began to look for the smaller shapes in the subjects I wanted to create. These smaller shapes would be cut up from the copper and fired individually, then glued to a wooden panel. The toxic fumes from the chemicals I was using forced me to stop enameling, but I still see the shapes no ordinarily picked out when looking at a subject, and I still paint them.