Photo by Teresa Rafidi
My paintings are inspired by experiences of outdoor places. Being outdoors can be a link to childhood. I was raised on a rural Wisconsin pine tree farm where trees beckoned to me as imaginary childhood friends. My connection to outdoor energy is like “being with family” comfort. As an adult, I was alone much of my leisure time in the yard, preferring nurturing plant life.
During 2020 we spent more time outside during the global pandemic to seek safety and connection to neighbors to overcome isolation. “Outdoor rooms” in front and back yards or on the street became our gathering places. We heard about isolation from loved ones, job loss, stress from working at home and school at home. My neighbor, Julie C. lost her mother, Helen, during the pandemic.
Natural, organic imagery is my focus, followed by mark-making and use of material transparencies. My work includes botanical forms and gestures, using color as a vehicle to convey energy from nature. I create images of imaginary botanical environments inviting my viewers to visit.