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I am drawn to form, pattern relationship and color as well as luminosity. I have studied many mediums which influence the choices I make as I paint today. My first discipline, Calligraphy, instilled in me the importance of expressive movement in brush strokes. Japanese Sumi-e introduced me to luminosity and the ability for painting to have a depth beyond that of perspective. Monotype printing and clay taught me to work in the negative to reveal the positive. Studying illustration taught me there is more than one way to express what I see. Photography has given me a fine eye for composition in the natural world. In Book Arts I learned to enjoy the planning and anticipate each step to the final finished product; however the joy of plein air is, I can't plan everything. Plein air painting is such a "Zen" experience. I have learned to show up and trust I can get out-of-the-way and make spontaneous choices to please myself for self-expression. I try not to listen to all the "rules" I have learned. . .that comes later after I take the painting home and look at it the next day to see if it needs "tweaking". Of all the mediums I have experienced, painting Plein air is the most physically demanding and the most rewarding. I am learning to paint landscapes in the studio during winter; however, it is not as rewarding to the senses as plein air. There is no substitute to experiencing the fresh air carrying the fragrance of the sage and approaching rain while the raven's call echoes off the cliff and otters race one another down the Rio Pueblo to the Rio Grande.