Through observing animals in their native habitats, hearing their calls, being in their presence, honoring their natural space and home, and communicating with them eye to eye, I strive to capture the spirit of these beings. The eyes of owls, hawks, deer, elk, moose and bison, horses, dogs, jaguars, lions, cats and dolphin are at once a mirror and a microscope for me. I place the animals front and center on a flat plane.
Using pencil, watercolor, paint, I seek to explore the living essence through the orbs of the oculi. These eye-windows become portals that beckon to be contemplated which creates a connection to the work, the being, myself and inner knowing.
My work reflects what I see and what my heart remembers; examining focused and unfocused energy in eyes. I paint reflections of light and color seeing into openings which reflect back to me. I paint animals and abstract visions of living energy with my fingers and feathers and sticks and shells and an occasional brush.
I am a generational painter born from a family of artists, artisans, creators and entrepreneurs. My Polish and Greek ancestry is expressive and passionate, infused with imagination and strength and creative courageous compassion. As a traveler and adventurer, Peru’s Sacred Valley and the Greek island of Kythera are amongst my indigenous homes. Chicago is my birthplace and Boulder, Colorado is my current home-base. Water, mountains and the sun ground and connect me and feed my body and soul.
'...eye-windows become portals that beckon to be contemplated which creates a connection to the work, the being, myself and inner knowing.'