Making art has always been a refuge for me. Where I can clear my brain and lose myself in the art. I stutter, and when I was very young, drawing and painting was a safe space for me, a space where I didn’t have to converse with anybody and could just create.
I use tape in many of my more geometric angular pieces… to get that wonderful clean line. It feels controlled and perfect and I know the outcome will be successful. My more abstract work is the opposite. It’s not controlled and perfect, and coloring outside the lines is scary, but I enjoy the process and the possibilities.
My art has always been about color and texture. Putting together colors that work with each other harmoniously. Adding texture to the surface through layers of soft or hard acrylic paint, gels, pieces of raised canvas, mixed media, and found objects.
I’m very influenced by Robert Rauschenberg, especially his Combines series. I’m always thinking about my work in both two and three dimensions. Integrating found objects into my own art gives it dimension and hidden surprises. I love finding cool stuff and using it in my work. Giving the detritus of somebody else’s history a new life. As they say, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
I collect vintage globes and have always loved them for their artistic value. Their colors, both muted and vibrant, in segmented spaces between bright blue water, and their raised textured mountains, are reflected in my aerial and landscape paintings.
My art is a celebration of my life, and allows me to connect with the viewer to have them experience my sensibilities and passions. To speak to them through my art.
I feel very lucky to have grown up in an extended family of wonderful artists and creative thinkers. They nurtured my creativity and have greatly influenced my work.