I love to make art that allows you to truly feel, takes your breath away just a little - and makes me just enough uneasy in how much it really shows of my heart to the world.
I love to make art that connects me to the highest highs and the lowest lows, but most of all, the messy bits in between. The tender places. The healing places. The hopeful places.
Sometimes, I am moved and inspired by the ordinary, everyday. Other times, it's the deep, the gut wrenching and the cathartic that asks to play out on the canvas.
And really, what it all comes down to, is the hope that it connects me to others, feeling the same things I feel.
I do my best work, when I am able to get out of my own way and just let whatever needs to emerge flow through me.
Most of my paintings have words, poems or musings written on them, either visibly (even though usually illegible,) or below many layers of paint and paper.
This meditative practice allows me to tune into the painting that is waiting to emerge, and infuse it with that special energy and intention!
Female faces are my first love! I may do other subjects at times, but I always come back to the female face. There is something about light and shadow playing on a female face, coupled with what's going on in her eyes that has me totally fascinated! Lately, water has added to that fascination. Water is such a mystery in itself - in my art, I explore how it carries emotions and alters perceptions.
It's such a joy for me when my art speaks to somebody, when they feel moved or changed in some way. I am so grateful to share my heart in this way. Thank you for being part of my art journey!
learn more about my artist journey
Now there is something I never thought I would say - me an artist!
If you had said that to me 10 years ago, I would have seriously doubted your sanity! I was pretty set in my belief that I could never be an artist. Artists had talent - I had none! Artists went to art school - I sure didn't!
I was a digital scrapbook designer, avid crafter and all around creative, but I was hopeless when it came to painting or drawing. So, how did I go from there to where I am today? Read on!
I am a self-taught mixed media artist, living in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband, teenage boy/girl twins and a variety of pets!
She looks like my mom, when she was in her late teens and early twenties. She was an angel, strawberry auburn locks, crystal aquamarine eyes, penetrating anyone she met with love, support and compassion. She's been gone a very long time and now your soulful painting has brought her right back. Thank you. xo ~ A.C.