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SATURATE, 2019, Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 30x40x1






cause (something) to become thoroughly soaked with liquid so that no more can be absorbed.


Reflecting on my obsession with the ocean, I wanted to capture a wave in a loose abstract expressionist style while detailing some of the many nuances of a wave: the splashes, seafoam, and variation of water. I mostly used a palette knife to create movement, texture and flow.


This piece is from my S Series. I have an obsession with the spiral symbol and the ocean. This series varies between a focus on the ocean waves or the spiral and often both. For me the ocean and its waves are the rhythm that represents life. The ocean water is cleansing and restores me when I am feeling drained. I am so drawn to the spiral and all the symbolism behind it: from Buddhism and the ancient Native American baskets, this symbol is ever-present. The spiral reveals itself to us in nature in everything from opalescent seashells to Romanesco broccoli displayed at the market in the streets of Marseille. The spiral represents our journey.

Always learning and growing. Flowing gently forward with life’s twists and turns. This same flow is in our ocean’s waves, sunsets and hopefully in creating art.


This original painting was exhibited in the 2020 Members Showcase at Chico Art Center from January 10th to the 31st. 


This painting was created with mostly palette knife work and some fine brush detail. I has multiple layers to allow for texture and depth. I played wiith translucency in the paint and gloss medium. Edges are finished and it is wired for hanging. Signed and titled on the back. 


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