Nature offers an endless source of wonder, mystery, and inspiration. Any time spent outdoors provides a rush of revelation and sensation…. the smell of wet leaves, the incredible chartreuse of moss, the soft, silken whisper of bird wings in flight, the sparkle and splash of fish at the water’s surface, the feel of gnarled bark on a hundred year old tree.
My motivation to create is driven and informed by all this and the natural order, sublime integrity and cohesive interdependence of earth’s plants and animals who graciously share their space with us. My current creative process in art making has evolved from a background in printmaking, drawing and painting, all now distilled into a mixed media application focused on experimentation, accident and intention. To convey a sense of the dense, organic atmosphere, strong texture and deep colors that I’m drawn to, I focus on building many layers which involve extensive use of hand painted papers and mono prints, ink, watercolor and pencil. Additional layering of acrylic glazes, collaged papers and other elements continue until the work is complete. A finished mixed media piece utilizing this process may go through up to three dozen individual steps to completion.
I hope that my work inspires a desire to reconnect to earth and nature, encouraging us to listen, respect and take greater care of our precious planet, so that in doing so we take care of ourselves, our future generations and fellow creatures.
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