“For the past several years I have been working exclusively in oil pastels and before that I worked with pen-and-ink. This spring, just as I was finishing a series of radiation treatments for Stage 1 breast cancer, I was invited to join a ‘plein-air’ watercolour group. I enjoyed it immensely and, on a whim, went out and bought some oil paints. Cancer has a way of catapulting a person into another way of ‘seeing’, and the slow-drying oil paints allowed me to explore new techniques and subjects.
“Although I still highlight with oil pastels (mainly because I don’t like using brushes and the pastel stick allows me to define smaller areas better than if I was just using my fingers), these new pieces are done almost completely in oils on an acrylic-glaze-covered, India-ink background.
“When I finish a piece that speaks to me I always have the sensation that I’ve seen it before, that it has always existed. So, in this new series, I simply trusted that my muse would go where she was needed to go. I let my fingers do what they wanted to do and I gave no thought to the colours I chose.”