Painting has always been one of my favorite art forms that I love doing. As I became more involved with my clay work, however, painting went by the wayside for a while. My dad, Karl Lehman, died in 2014.  Not too long before he died, he suggested that I might like to try painting again. When I first started painting during high school, he supported me and my interest and made a ‘studio’ space for me in our basement.

It was a few months after he passed that I was still having trouble getting back to my work. I went into my studio and was playing with some magazine pictures, placing them on my table in a ‘collage’ formation. I became enthralled with the composition and could see it no other way than as a painting. This became the beginning of the newest painting period for me – Wary of the Cassowary. If looking at the composition of the letters that are rising through the background – if sorted out they spell GENISIS – so it began.  Two more paintings followed with a similar collage formation of images, whether from magazine images or a combination that included my own photos, as well. From there – after traveling to France and taking photos in Monet’s garden – came another direction of paintings that became my Giverny series.  Objects of My Passion seems to be my next series as I embark on a series of my favorite shoes – there could be many!

Prints of most of the paintings are available for purchase.


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