Monday, October 9, 2017

Pour Moi

BIG DEAL! I am changing my logo today.  It is now Pour Moi (See left).  Pour Moi is french for "For Me", and is a pun on my new approach to art. My main process is pouring paint.  It is like sculpting with paint and I am continuing to explore it's nuances.  Thanks for your support. Pat. Feel free to view my blog at

Monday, October 2, 2017


This week has inspired me to re-commit to my art.  Saturday a couple from Concord invited me into their home to 'try on' my art.  They could have purchased some large mass produced work from a local shop, but they wanted to support the local art community by purchasing original art. They bought some of my favorites. I hope this is an indication of the revitalization of the interest in collecting 'real' art.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pouring Paint

I’ve been asked to describe my painting method.  A quick take is “I pour paint on the canvas”, but what I really mean is that I don’t paint, I sculpt paint and other media to attain the shape and texture desired on a flat surface.  I use house paint, artist’s acrylics, rust (made with steel wool and vinegar), sumie ink, and anything else that will help me get the look I am seeking. Sometimes I get what I want.  Other times, I don’t.  When I don’t, I will often paint over the parts I don’t like and start over.  Here is a link from the East Bay Times interview.  I think she did a pretty good job.

Monday, August 28, 2017


"Emergence" has undergone many lives.  This painting started out as a 'non-objective" horizontal black and white.  Abstract art, non-figurative art, non-objective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. Non-objective refers to lack of a perceived object.  After working with the paint and turning the canvas in different directions, my mentors and I saw another world emerging and I have friends who see two people in the center.  So, I determined to make the an 'objective' abstract.  Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

7/29/17 Showing at Amaral Studio/Gallery

Through the Woods
Now showing in "Illusions" at Raquel Amaral Studio/Gallery.  This piece started out very differently and developed a scary tone before I knew the theme of the show.  It is about 3 paintings with 8 layers of poured and applied acrylic paint.  The scull was not painted in.  It just happened.

Saturday, July 1, 2017



'Redefinedery' is now showing at the Georgia Galleria in Vallejo.  It shows the refinery at night, and how I have redefined it in my mind. When I was young in Martinez, I would often look at the refineries lit up at night.  I thought they looked like fairy castles.  As I grew up, I learned that they are not fairy.  They serve a purpose, but can pollute our air and water if not under proper care.  So, it is a lesson learned early, that all things have good and bad built into them.  This piece is a digitized picture that I put enlarged into two frames so that it looks like you are observing through a dirty window.  It has aspects of an abstract object but reflects some realism. 

Monday, June 26, 2017


'Hatchling' is another image that  is showing in the 'Gods and Goddesses' show at the Raquel Amaral Studio starting June 24, 2017. can be seen at the Amaral .   I enjoyed painting this image because it started a long time ago in a figure drawing session in Crockett.  Many of the figures or paintings I use, started on my Ipad and moved through Photoshop.  I am focusing on non-digital work because it is difficult to find a teacher that focuses on art as well as technical skills in the digital world.  I am working to learn all I can about color and composition.  It doesn't feel like I have enough time.

She is 24"x36" and made with poured acrylic paint on 9 wood panels which are attached to a clear backing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


SHE is a compilation of figures from my figure drawing sessions that I have digitally enhanced.  Each image shows an aspect of the goddess, SHE.
  • 'Step' shows a woman starting to feel out her power and tentatively taking a step towards her goals.
  • 'Stride' shows a woman who has established her power and is striding through life in a way that meets her own needs and desires.
  • 'Sensual' shows a woman who establishes her power with her body and whiles.
This series of images will be showing in the 'Gods and Goddesses' show at the Raquel Amaral Studio starting June 24, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Accidental Witch

'Accidental Witch' was created from 'found' art.  We had been painting on a table and when the paper was ripped for cleaning, this image appeared.  I digitized and printed it on canvas and framed it for the show at Raquel Amaral's gallery.  It is amazing the amount of interesting forms and color occurred in this piece.  Diane Williams of IANI studio pointed it out.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Urban Blight

I am attempting to evoke 'Urban Blight' with this piece. I often look beyond or through an object toward theoretical, historical, or social contexts of the object, artist, or time period.  Others may want you to talk about how the formal or stylistic qualities of the object reflect or affect the time in which they were made. One popular modern artist , Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist paintings have been discussed as portraying a stylistic progression from a more realistic/ naturalistic representation to a more abstract representation that emphasizes the flatness of the canvas and the paint over content or narrative.  In contrast to his style, I am 'pouring' paint, but attempting to incorporate my own and my mentor's comments regarding color and content. This all sounds kind of stilted, but I hope that the viewer can appreciate that the abstract artist does not just throw the paint on the media.  We love to look at the world 'through a glass darkly'.