White Noise: An encounter, a glimpse of something undefined. A moment captured in my mind
These Paintings are inspired by my travels this fall from
Paris , France to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
The vibrant colors of Mexico and the Lutetian limestone (also known as “Paris stone”) — of the “City of Light.”
An encounter, a glimpse of something undefined.
A moment was captured in my mind.
Everything we feel, perceive, or experience eventually translates into images in our minds. If I can bring those images to life on canvas, people will get to see what they usually don't see. They might connect with these images because they have felt them throughout their lives. Only by having a rich life do I get the chance to experience the most intimate human feelings that trigger images in my mind…those images are my ultimate source of inspiration. Another idea that inspires me greatly in this work is "Memories"; our most precious images are all we're left with at the end.
While working on this collection, I worked from my heart, capturing the feeling rather than the object. I used reference photos from my travels as inspiration for the color, and to remember the feeling I had while I was in France & Mexico. I had no idea what the next step was; it came spontaneously. Each piece captures the essence of the spontaneous phases. I am so excited to share these pieces with you . I feel these are the first abstract paintings I have ever truly painted. I am so proud of these paintings; I could look at them all day. I hope you take the time to linger over each one. As you view this collection, pay attention to the titles. They tell a story of my adventures.
I was inspired to start the White Noise Collection While in Paris. Wondering the Musée d'Orsay on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces worldwide by painters including Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume before the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe.
I was in tears seeing these beautiful paintings up close and personal. I immediately wanted to pick up my paintbrush and start painting. I started cultivating ideas. How could I possibly convey the experience I was having in Paris? The Muesums, The Archtecture, lingering over lunches, conversations about art, business, and strolling around the city were a source of inspiration.
A week after returning from Paris. My husband Ron and I headed to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to teach a cold wax painting retreat. Returning to Mexico has a way of reminding us where part of our heart lives. We love Mexico! (Read More About US and our love for Mexico HERE)
I am always so happy to go to Mexico, and bringing artists with us is an extra special treat. I love sharing my love for Mexico with anyone willing to listen.
Within these paintings, I add colors of Mexico, the Colors of France and the inspiration I found in both these places.
We arrived In San Miguel de Allende a few days before the Alborada and Celebration of San Miguel Archangel Patron saint of San Miguel. This Festivity starts with La Alborada, a Friday night full of Music and fireworks; in the main square, this ends with Las Mañanitas to San Miguel Archangel. The following Saturday, many communities bring to the Saint offerings called “Xuchiles” made with flowers, bread, and cucharilla, and conchero dancers accompany these communities up to El Jardin (San Miguel's heart, El Jardín (the Garden), is where much of the town's action takes place,) On Sunday, there is a parade of dancers from Zacatecas, Morelos, Veracruz, Jalisco, Queretaro, and other cities to offer their dance to the Saint. For 3 days we enjoyed the fireworks nonstop (All Night And All Day). On Friday, we stayed up all night for the Alborada, which roughly translates as “to attack the dawn.” At 3 a.m., the larger-than-life puppets known as mojigangas arrive in the square. Around 4 a.m., another monumental fireworks display begins, featuring several castillos.
Mexico always inspires me but being there for such a celebration and the nonstop fireworks that are now and will forever be implanted in my mind.
You will see the fireworks spread throughout my collection.
These paintings are created in layers of Encaustic, Cold wax, and Oil Paint. With The heart of Mexico in my heart and the awe, I feel for Paris.
All of the paintings are created on wooden panels layered with stunning textures with a pop of vibrant color layered in whites. Using Encaustic paint made from beeswax, Oil paint made from pigments, Cold wax medium, and ink.