Painting with papers is how I create a unique one of a kind representational portraits of people and pets. By incorporating meaningful artifacts like ticket stubs, maps of hometowns or hiking trails, articles of important topics and letters from loved ones into each portrait, the amount of personalization infused into the project is infinite. Let's talk and put our heads and hearts together to create a magical, memorable, and unexpected keepsake.
Creating a meaningful piece for you is a collaborative and personalized process. It is most important that I listen to your ideas, wants and wishes for an art piece and share my own, so we can have a productive exchange that results in an outcome that exceeds your expectations.
I invite you to consider a few of the following questions while you ponder your project;
What are your goals?
Are you honoring memories of an important event, a gorgeous place in nature, something you are passionate about, an activity, hobby, or your first automobile?
What energy and emotions are you hoping to convey?
Serious, sophisticated or whimsy and playful?
There are many decisions you can participate in throughout the process; customizing everything from size, color, substrate and materials…all the way down to the details that may only be obvious to you.
Most importantly, I am grateful to be a part of your creative project.
Art is about exploration. There are many learning opportunities in every step of the creative process. Learning to be open to surprises and how to react to unexpected outcomes in art (and in life) is important. When we leave negativity and perfectionism off the canvas (pun intended) we set our intentions, not our expectations and we are more kind to ourselves along the way. Please join me for some mindful art classes. One on one sessions, small groups exploring abstraction, monoprinting, collage, and inks-customized to your needs.
As a self-taught intuitive artist, I rediscovered my passion for creative arts after an injury that left me with limited mobility for several months. During my recovery, I found comfort in daily creative practices. In abstract painting and printmaking, I have developed an aesthetic that incorporates high contrast, negative space, and natural elements. My work has evolved to include abstract painting with collage underlayers, mixed media collage; using my own prints, recycled materials, and vintage imagery.
I create art that evokes questions and quandaries about the world. Drawing attention to some of the social issues that are in the forefront of our daily life. Often I dive into issues around cultural, gender and economic conflict and disparity. Mixing imagery of multicultural, gender expression, mixed ability and other characteristics that make us all who we are; designing a new beautiful subject from the sum of these parts. I seek out opportunities for less speaking and more listening and learning. I want to model confidence, risk taking, humility and kindness. My hope is that I can inspire others to find beauty in themselves and others, and stand up and speak up for those who have a quiet voice.
I strive to be present in the process of the art I create. I am brave in my artistic choices and open to an unexpected outcome, as I have become agile in how to proceed. I believe it is this vulnerability and uncertainty that produces the most authentic work. Using secret bits of interest in my works, like maps with an important location, found objects or imagery with representational significance. In the simplest form, my art is about making marks on the canvas. These marks can be made from commercial pigments and inks, handmade papers, paints, recycled books or a number of unexpected mark making tools. These “tools” are what brings uniqueness to the work I create. Stamping with mushrooms and birch bark, or color mixing pollen as pigments, or using dried leaves with worm holes as a mask to create collage paper produces results as unique and beautiful as the forest I found them in. Over the recent years, I have found more clarity in the knowledge that allowing myself to become uncomfortable in situations is usually followed by progress. I am mindful that each of my mixed media collage works began with an uncomfortable emotion; one that set my creative compass in a direction. I wonder what emotion my works will spark in you? I invite you to stay a while and notice.