Artist Statement

Art is an inclusive form of communication.  Words have power.  Life is good. These are the three concepts that drive my art.     I use my work to share the idea that life, on the whole, is good.  I convey this idea using bright colors, lovely images and words within my work that I believe will further the concept.  I create mixed media 2D pieces on paper using layers of various wet and dry materials on an assortment of papers.  In my work, I am pulled toward bright intense colors using watercolor paints and low-viscosity acrylic paints and the linear aspect of drawing and text, this manifests through inked filigree and handwritten text.   I incorporate poems that I have written specifically for the piece, simple phrases, single words, or complete conversations I have overheard and found amusing.

            I created a portrait of a lion using watercolor, pencil, sumi ink, white charcoal and pencil titled “Poem”.   After painting the Lion in bright watercolors, for the top layer, I composed a poem about the personality of the Holy Spirit and the way in which I see Him relating to the personality of a Lion.   Some lines of my poem include “Force of Nature, Power of Truth”  and “Lovely life of New Freedom”.  In another piece,  “Lines”, I used Sumi ink with a quill pen, over blocks of bright watercolors laid out in a grid, to handwrite several lines of a poem of encouragement.  Some of the lines include: “Love this Day, Keep Your Spirit Different” and “Happy Day, Go Out and Enjoy the Sunshine, Stay in and Enjoy Yourself”.   In a third piece, “Whispering Hope”,  I painted a simple portrait of a Snowy Owl on vintage sheet music of the song “Whispering Hope”.    I consider sheet music another layer of medium that adds to the piece, being drawn to the literal and metaphorical lyrical-ness of it.   I create these pieces with the intent to bless the viewer in their home. I hope that the combination of the lovely images, bright colors and flowing text brings joy and peace, even if the viewer does not read the text.

            Currently, I am exploring the personality of various printed and vintage papers.  I am interested in the manner in which each paper takes the paint differently and in what ways the printed areas affect the rest of the compostition.   This work involves collaging, painting silhouettes, figures, and animals, and the continual use of text and flowing lines. I want to continue to integrate my own writing in my work, through poetry and story along with intense colors.   I also enjoy the juxtapositioin of putting wet and dry mediums and various papers together that may be unexpected and investigate the effects.  I feel that letting go of the preciousness of the paper, or the layers of painting, speaks to my purpose for creating the work.   A piece created with seemingly clashing substances that is finished and beautiful declares hope.    Let go of what you think you need to have, and see what comes.  All is Well.