he works that you see on pages
3 through 6 of my paintings are part of a series
entitled "That Joyous Feeling Again." In mid-afternoon
on June 8th, 1996, I took up my limestone
pencil, the one I use when I draw on metal, and began to sketch on pre-finished
black gesso canvas. The limestone creates a white line and in effect I have a
chalk-on-blackboard type drawing. I then take up a variety of mediums to
develop the under painting but I mostly employ my favorite, that of
oil pastel. When the painting is completed, it is sealed over a period of
days with clears, very much like a varnish going over an oil painting.
The "joy" in making these works is a gathering of experiences, both visual and
ones felt, that have been lovingly carried through my entire life. The delight in making
these works is reflected back in the happiness each canvas gives me on viewing it after
completion. As these images leave my studio and come to you, may they impart the
same smiles and good cheer and joy that they gave me as I created them.