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Embracing the Paradox: Finding Your Signature Style as a Creative Explorer


As artists, we’re often told that developing a signature style is essential. It's a way to become recognizable, to make our mark in the art world. But what if that advice feels counterintuitive to the very essence of being a creative, curious person? This is a question I've grappled with deeply, especially since my journey into art began later in life, driven by a relentless curiosity and a desire to explore new things.


Starting out, my creative impulses led me in countless directions. I experimented with various mediums, styles, and themes, each new project a thrilling adventure. The idea of restraining myself to one sort of thing felt like putting a leash on my creativity. How could I be expected to confine my artistic expression when there was an entire world of techniques and concepts to explore?


This dilemma isn't unique to me. Throughout history, artists have shifted gears, evolving and reinventing themselves. The Beatles, for instance, transitioned from pop rock to psychedelic sounds, and Picasso moved through periods of Blue, Rose, African art, and Cubism. Despite these changes, their work remains distinctly recognizable. It's a paradox: evolving while maintaining a signature style.


For me, this paradox is always on my mind, but somehow on the back burner. It's a constant tension between the urge to try new things and the need to establish a coherent body of work. Yet, it wasn't until I hung my solo exhibitions, "Wild Harmony" at 868 Estate Vineyards and "Earth Awakened" at the Glen Echo Stone Tower Gallery, that I began to understand how these seemingly disparate explorations could come together.


Seeing my work displayed in a large format venue allowed all of it to come together with one voice—my own. The tactile paintings depicting mountains, ecosystems, rocky shorelines, crafted with acrylic texture media and upcycled collage papers, reflected my fascination with chaos and control, vastness and detail. The common thread was there, woven through each piece, despite the variety of techniques and themes.


This realization was liberating. It showed me that a signature style doesn't necessarily mean doing only one sort of thing. Instead, it's about the underlying essence that pervades your work—the unique perspective and approach that only you can bring. It's the way you see the world, the emotions you convey, the questions you ask, and the stories you tell.


In my case, the three-dimensional quality of my artwork, the exploration of foundational elements, and the invitation to explore became the hallmarks of my signature style. These elements are present whether I'm depicting a galaxy or a landscape.


They're the common thread that connects my diverse body of work.


For those of us who thrive on

creative exploration, finding a signature style doesn't mean putting a leash on our curiosity. It's about recognizing the unique voice that emerges from our diverse explorations. It's about understanding that our style is more than the specific techniques we use—it's the essence of who we are as artists.


So, if you're struggling with this paradox, take heart. Continue to explore, experiment, and evolve. Over time, you'll discover that your signature style is already there, woven through every piece you create. And when you see your work come together in a cohesive, powerful way, you'll know that your unique voice has always been guiding you.


For a little more insight into my artistic process, check out this recent interview with Sanctuary Magazine editor Myrna Haskell:




I always welcome visitors to my studio for an up-close look at my work. Make an appointment to see my work and learn about my process:


Right now, I'm very fortunate to have work displayed in several venues across town:


View my solo exhibit, "Wild Harmony," and chat with me this Sunday at 868 Estate Vineyards from 2pm-4pm.

14001 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132


View my work on exhibit at the Glen Echo Stone Tower Gallery now through July 29.

Stone Tower Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 pm – 6 pm


Visit The Vanlandingham Gallery (311) in the Torpedo Factory Art Center to view the July "Celebrations" exhibit, featuring original artwork and jewelery by local artists. I also have work displayed in Gallery 75 in the Art League of Alexandria Gallery on the first floor.


Wall Mountables, DC Arts Center, Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:00 PM - 7:00

2438 18th St. NWWashington, DC, 20009

JULY 12 - AUGUST 11, 2024


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