Angles & Curves
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Key West, Florida, USA
I grew up in Central New Jersey wanting escape from suburbia. Before painting, my routes out were academic: my AB from Rosemont College, my MA from the University of Chicago, then my Ph.D. from UT-Austin led to teaching English at Iowa State. (Here many quirky details were deleted by a cruel editing knife.) Though I inherited my parents’ suburban home, in retirement I escaped to Key West.
My Junior Year Abroad program changed everything. In Vienna I took a studio-art class with Clarence Giese, an American Abstract Expressionist. I had no thought of becoming a painter; however, my pointillist painting of trees (done before I fell under a streetcar, and framed afterwards as a consolation prize for my parents) hangs in our NJ home, reminding my husband of a Giverny-garden.
I began painting in earnest in 2002 after joining the Sunday afternoon workshop of Joe Loeber, ‘the last living German Expressionist,’ as he is called in Key West. Joe, now 92, and I have worked together in many media for ten years. My paintings always arise from the experience of moving paint around on a canvas or paper until I see something I want to share with others.
“Maelstrom” is a very intuitive work, done quickly with little retouching or rethinking. It was done on the floor with a palette knife to scrape the pastel chalks and apply the oils. I like the depth the curvilinear structure gives to the work, especially to the alluring red feature in the middle of the upper swirl. I invite the viewer to join me for a tumble in the “Maelstrom.”