I have observed that some people paint (make) all the time. They are in the studio every day, day in and day out. I admire them, but this is not me. I work on a model that looks more like sometimes I make stuff in a burst, every day, I work this way when getting ready for some shows. I will make 20 or more pieces, in a series. All related by subject and/or style elements that I am currently interested in including.
I am usually using one or more new elements, be it color, subject (birds, self portrait, clouds, jewels), flavor (Surreal, gothic) or something else. Then I will sit back and look at that work and evaluate how/if its working or not, and enjoy my work. Then I sometimes rest, or go out and start collecting to feed the new work to come. This may mean travel, photographing compelling landscapes, birds, plants… Really it’s not feeding the new work, it’s feeding me. And it shows up in the new work sometimes, somehow when the experience changes or moves me. I engage in looking, feeling, analyzing, learning, forming opinions, getting angry, sad, delighted, transformed, by my experiences. I wander and wonder.
I collect experiences and I learn new ways of expressing them through the visual language. I want to have many excelent choices available to express what I experience so I can best pass it on in the artwork. I go to museums to see how other artists have made their edges, and blended their colors, and all the other bits and pieces of magical skill they have developed to get the image across to our eyes. I enjoy getting lost in the magic windows artists make for us to fall into. I also look at the bricks and mortar of how they hold such grand illusions in place.
I was born and raised in Sacramento CA, and have also lived part of my surreal life in New Delhi, India and in the Himalaya at a Tibetan refuge town. I have traveled extensively, and am an avid birder. I have also taught art to at risk youth, Children and adults with developmental disabilities, and the incarserated. I have taught art history and studio arts at the Community College level, and given workshops and lectures at Museums, Art centers and Schools.
*Thanks to Kurt Fishback who took this Photo of me in my Studio. His website is linked to the photo to see more of his Artist Documentation and other fine Photography.
Crocker Art Museum, Library, Sacramento, CA
Tracy Center for the Arts, Tracy CA
Haynes Gallery, San Francisco, CA
La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Art1616 Sacramento, CA
Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento,CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento City Hall Collection, Sacramento, CA
Feather River Land Trust Collection, Sierra Valley, CA
Coloma Heights Library Reading Room, Sacramento, CA
Center for Cellular and and Molecular
biology, Hyderabad, India
Bud Cort Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Nickolas Cage collection, Los Angeles CA
Donna and Mike Burkhart collection, New Zealand
Friedlander collection, San Francisco, CA
Trever and Cathy Burkhart Collection, New Zealand
Burkhart and Van Hurden Collection, Canada
Heythornthwait Collection, New Zealand
Maclaine collection, New Zealand.
D Neith Collection, Sacramento, CA
Charlotte Burkhart Collection, New Zealand
City of Sacramento Council award for contribution the in Arts
Sutter Club Woman of the year in the arts.
1965 (12 years old) Honorable mention at the Town and Country Village Arts Fiesta… Wayne Thiebaud judge.
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