My paintings begin with a loose, gestural ink drawing on watercolor paper. No rough sketch, just the intuition of creativity. There is something about the energy of those first lines that is impossible to replicate. The pen takes on a life all its own… bumping, skipping across the paper’s uneven topography. It seems as if the image emerges from the paper itself. I love to combine the integrity of line with the fluid nature of watercolor; which cannot be controlled, only gently managed. I’m just along for the ride. My favorite quote: “Leap and let the net appear.”
Anatomy of a painting
Inspiration arrives in a flash of sunlight on blue-black raven feathers, or builds over decades visiting my favorite rock outcrop. By surge or seep, the imagery is manifest. Some paintings, like the “Pup Up” otter, simply insist on becoming.
Many people have asked me, "How did you come up with this painting?" Every one of my paintings tell a story.
I am not attached to a perceived outcome. Changes happen along the way… I’m just chasing the skitter of ink across paper.
I need to complete the ink drawing before I begin painting, to let the ink bond directly with the paper. Watercolor brushed over tempering the line a bit. Ink applied on top of watercolor has an entirely different look.
Stevie Rave on
Inspiration. One day my daughter Solveig said, “If I had a pet raven I would have to name him Stevie.” When I looked at her quizzically she shrugged and said, “Stevie Rave On.” I had to paint him.