SUNKEN GARDENS, DENVER, CO

ARTISTS STATEMENT

My 'excessive exuberance' for massive flower gardens began in Denver, Colorado from ages two and a half to five in the public SUNKEN GARDENS on Speer Boulevard. (my mother went to West High School & my father had a Real Estate office/home across the street from the gardens) Currently, it's still my favorite place to return to---MENTALLY. My entire life has been living along both sides of the Rocky Mountain Range from Colorado to New Mexico even though my creative psyche is from somewhere in Mexico or Hawaii where lush exotic flowers grow. Go figure...snow and cold half of the year...but I always paint year-round lush flowers or cacti in my abstract oil painting land-escapes. I CAN NOT DENY MY LOVE OF LUSH GARDENS AND SAGUARO CACTI IN HOT DESERTS ( I've been painting stylized Saguaro cactus all my life but I've never been to Arizona or Mexico where they grow and thrive.) I want to paint 'non-objective' but with each new painting, abstract landscape elements appear and bam! Another hyper garden again. . .ALSO, I rarely paint any shadows/dark edges perhaps because I remember seeing SUNKEN GARDENS at an eye-level viewpoint in full sunlight and contrary to "rules", I break them like a rebel " you HAVE to use dark shadows".....ha, not me. . . "learn the rules before you break them". . . (also from my art teacher in the 70's).

For unknown reasons, since early grade school, I've chosen an abstract style rather than realism. My elementary school teacher scolded me for not painting the skies blue and grass green. . . "NO JERRI. . . . . the sky is always blue..."

SORRY! Hate to disappoint all you social media users but I don't like them....PLUS I'm a RECLUSE.....EVERY ONE OF MY PAINTINGS ON MY WEBITE ARE NEW! PAINTED 2020 - 2021. The FREEDOM OF COLOR here is exhilarating and my creative psyche is happy from STILL seeing mountain ranges. I DON'T NEED TO SEE MASSIVE FLOWER GARDENS to know how to express them. I also think I'm a "LANDSCAPE EXPRESSIONIST" rather than only an Abstract Landscape artist.

I was fortunate enough to have four years of private group art lessons during my second marriage in Lakewood, Colorado when my two sons were in grade school. Ms Jean Grout studied under Anjelo di Benedetto (1913 - 1992)). She taught us extensive design principles, color theory and art history which I believe was equal to or exceeded college level courses. She also taught us to SEE "SPACE THROUGH PATTERN" or "PATTERNS THROUGH SPACE" which broke my FLAT SPACE style I began at sixteen. LUCKY, LUCKY me!

My boring resume includes 22 juried, group art shows in Colorado, (then 3 in Raton,NM when I moved in 2018 from Colorado to New Mexico), 4 'solo' one-woman shows, 16 months in an Arts Center in Pueblo, CO and 11 juried online art shows. I'm currently in the BELEN ART LEAGUE gallery/gifts (where I now live in Belen, New Mexico). One of my favorite paintings: "MY BELEN" was just accpted by artsbenicia in Benecia, California from November to December, 2021 and I splurged with a $100.00 frame! The show is titled "PURE PAINT."

Additionally, I am a proud member of NEW MEXICO WOMEN IN THE ARTS at newmexicowomeninthearts.org...in the NEW MEXICO STATE COMMITTEE, NATIONAL MUSEUM of WOMEN in the ARTS.

One of these days, an interested, honest gallery will contact me! WAITING......

Please consider DONATING to Southwest Reservation Aid (SWRA) at www.SWRAprogram.org or call (800) 811-6955, a program of Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA).

PS. I can not afford to pay those stupid ONLINE REPUTATION PROTECTER services, so if you read online that I have a nasty criminal record or I'm a drug addict, they are lies and I can sue them for slander.

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