Four Part Harmony

Inspirational Trip

I love to travel and get new ideas and reference photos for my art work. We had a fabulous 10 day road trip last spring that took us through Asheville, NC. We got a chance to visit the Riverwalk Art District and we went into a number of working studio/galleries. They were all wonderful but one in particular really spoke to me. It was the Jonas Gerard studio/gallery . Jonas does very large, colorful, energetic paintings often with bright colors and lots of movement in his work. When I got back to my studio I was inspired to try a large colorful abstract of my own. Four Part Harmony was the result.

Four Part Harmony
Four Part Harmony

The Details

I decided to place four birch wood panels side by side and work onto the surface as one painting. I knew I wanted it to be a mixed media painting and I had the idea of incorporating old music scores into the piece. I had taken piano as a child and still had some old music so I used that. I wanted to create a powerful painting with a lot of motion so I carried the colors through the four panels sometimes by brush, sometimes with tools to create interesting textures. It was great fun to do this painting and I think that feeling comes through in the finished piece.


This is the painting that was accepted into the Mansfield Art Center juried ‘May Show’ which opens this coming Saturday, May 4th. The opening reception is Sunday, May 5th from 3 until 5. Tony and I are planning on attending. The show will be up through June 2nd. I am honored to be part of their 2019 May Show.

‘Four Part Harmony’

24″ X 48″ X 2″ mixed media on four panels

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