laguna

The work in this series is inspired by the healing properties of nature.  For the last two years I have lived in Laguna Beach. Helping my courageous daughter, Kristin Heaton Peabody, and her family, Wyatt and Heaton, as she went through treatment at Moores Cancer Center-UCSD. Kristin lost the battle to cancer on February 7, 2019. I now look to the  quiet morning walks on the beach as a significant part of my healing process. Every morning I wake feeling she is right there with me. Time does not stand still. It keeps on moving, and we go forward with the journey.  Time does not heal I think, it just very slowly unravels a new path.

My paintings are personal observations of color, movement, relationships and forms in nature. I prefer the watercolor medium, as I love paper. Painting on cold pressed Fabriano 100% cotton paper I build translucent, veiled glazes of color, allowing the forms and values to evolve in a detailed and orchestrated manner. I work in a series, which permits the wet color to dry thoroughly between layers. The images are not restricted by the paper’s edges. Every random mark is there because it needs to be there. The reputed “happy mistakes” (that watercolor legend reports often occur in this medium) are planned and controlled.

The spherical lines in my work are simple, bold, direct, sensual, playful, and often mysterious. The curve of the lines is influenced by my interest in calligraphy and recalls harmony, rhythm, movement, patterns, and symbolic metaphors. In my work the shapes exist independently and in groups, referencing water patterns, the cross-section of a shell, rounded rock forms, or the shape of a bud. My intention is not to impose a specific message to the viewer. I prefer my paintings will allow the viewer to observe a familiar object from a new perspective.

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