"Color Me Purple" was done plein-air March 2010 at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix while I was participating in the Scottsdale Artist's League Paint-Out. This particular cactus has one arm that is "crested". The reason for this anomaly is unknown. Some say it is from a virus infection, some say it is a genetic change. This is one of my pieces from my "Cactus of a Different Color" Series.
This piece was highlighted in the September Issue of Phoenix Home & Gardens Magazine, page 125. The full page photo was used to announce the mixed-media art exhibit hosted by the Mesa Art League at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ. The Exhibit will run from September 4th through Sept. 26th.
For more information on the show, go...
"My acrylic paintings will never be accidentally confused as a photograph."
I love to use the striking shapes of nature to create my various colorful interpretations of the the world. I use colors that are bold & dynamic... an "in your face" style. My ideas for paintings are taking either from sketches, plein air painting or photographs that I have taken personally. I work primarily in acrylics, but occasionally switch to watercolors, markers, & mixed media. To me color is everything! I love the shapes & textures as well as the shadows on an image. I try to use the play of light & shapes of what I see & convert it into fun interplay of colors.
I have been painting & drawing ever since I was a small child. My mother used to give me...
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