Since the time I was able to connect my love for dance to the ability to communicate without words, I strive to use painting (another unspoken language) to explain the dance experience. My exploration of dance deals particularly with West Coast Swing. West Coast Swing is a social dance, in which dancers are able to perform a dance strictly through lead and follow without the need for routines and choreography. Depicting the West Coast Swing experience in a painting is a challenge that continues to captivate my interest. After completing a dance I feel energized, I feel accomplishment and excitement from my ability to interpret the unspoken directions that were communicated through the connection of the partnership and music. For me, this experience represents the essence of dance. It is this energy that I want my paintings to convey.
In my earlier paintings I included the figures of dancers to begin to show the physical connection between dancers; however as my work evolves I replace the recognizable human figure with abstract forms. These forms can be used to not only represent the energies and movements of dancers, but also interpret the energies the music imposes on the dance experience. By transforming the recognizable human figure into non-representational forms, the viewer can investigate the composition’s shapes and colors and how they represent the movements and interactions of the dance and not the people involved in the movement of the dance.
I am a resident and an art teacher in Glastonbury, CT. I look forward to the opportunity to share a little bit of myself with my community through my paintings. I love to dance West Coast Swing and have been dancing since 1995. My paintings give me a chance to renew my love of the dance. I look forward to expanding my audience and help others to open their eyes to abstract art as well as gain a new appreciation for dance.
I exhibited paintings in the following art shows:
Student teacher art show, Emergence December, 2002
Holcomb Farm Art Show October, 2003
Canton Artist Guild November, 2003
CCSU Graduate Painting Exhibition December, 2005
Graduate Exhibition: The Dance Experience April, 2008
Vignone Gallery October 2008–January, 2009