For most of my life, I have tried to differentiate myself from the herd with humor and hard work. I had no idea how important art would become in my life until I retired. I joined my experience with computers and art to obtain a Graphic Design certification.
Creating art from an emotional place can be a good thing, but the downside of working without a plan is that I sometimes wind up with too much intensity in my work. I need to tone down some areas to make natural places for the eye to rest. Making a good abstract painting is hard work.
My favorite digital tool is Photoshop – it’s very exciting. It often feels freer than painting. I must let color and shapes happen on screen. However, the screen does not provide the tactile surface of a canvas, so I am “torn between two lovers.” I adore the texture of surface and paint, but I also love the ether of digital. I often use color without a plan, then shapes evolve into something more recognizable to me.
When I first started taking art classes, I spent a lot of time with an elderly Japanese lady who taught calligraphy. She called me Patso-san. My logo is her calligraphic version of this nickname and I generally use it to sign my paintings.