I believe it was during my High School years that being creative became a compelling necessity. That inner voice is becoming stronger with age and now is opening up many new avenues to pursue. Being spontaneous and totally engrossed in creating art is a direction I am embracing.
Working in mixed media consistently reminds me how much passion I have to create from an accumulation of “pieces”. Papers, paints, inks and magazines are assembled together, transcending ordinary materials into an alluring composition. Sometimes looking at an altered paper can spark an idea. Often an edited reference photo gives clues as to how materials can be used to “put a spin” on my perception of the view or of an object.
The majority of my current work combines my love of collage, painting and drawing. Altered magazine pages are often used as my papers. This altering process can be manipulated to some extent but it is pretty unpredictable as a whole. What I “see” on these pages greatly influences the subject matter, color scheme and composition. I liken it to looking at clouds and seeing shapes and objects. Acrylic inks or paints are used in varying degrees and in some instances old charts, maps or other interesting papers are collaged onto the piece.