“For me Art is an Adventure.”
sun, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
I am a creative. I consider art to be more a calling than a choice.
So much inspires me and it is my nature to spill creatively, through music, prose, or some kind of visual art. My background is in music. Growing up, I was so focused on music that I never even noticed art was there waiting. Art began tugging at my edges in 2001 and being one who follows such impulses, I began to draw and added collage to my daily journaling. The seduction of making has been pulling me along ever since, but it was only after I walked into The Drawing Studio in 2007, that I truly began to think of myself as an artist. In December, 2008, I began painting and fell in love with the potential of acrylics. The process of making is what drives me, and I only have a vague idea where any piece will finish.
I am inspired by people – more specifically by the strong emotions I sense just beneath the surface.
What motivates them? What is too much to bear? What lifts them up and inspires them? I am always flipping through art books, magazines and internet sites soaking up the inspiration I know will lead me to spill in some creative way. The more I look, the more I see.
dream, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″
While painting or drawing I try to follow my impulses, both those I think are productive and those that probably are not. I make very bold changes, layering one upon the other. It is often when I believe I will have to scrap the whole thing, that I make the most amazing discoveries. I have found that there is never a wrong move. The work I do next would never have been what it is without all the steps I have taken.
It is when I stop thinking and just react that my paintings and drawings sing.
untitled, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″
I consider the process of painting an exploration. I paint using brushes, palette knives, sponges, paper towels, my hands or whatever else is available when the urge hits. I work through the whole canvas during each painting session. Generally I will draw in pastel or charcoal once the paint is dry. I sometimes use the drawing when I begin again or I may just wash it away. I like to use a lot of water and love to let the paint drip. I believe the process is when the art happens. The finished product, if I like it at all is a bonus.
My work is not stagnant. Unless I sell it or give it away there is always the potential for change.
this, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 36″
My paintings straddle the line between realism and abstract. I use exaggeration, random marks, geometry, texture, color and focal point to get under the skin of my subject. I always begin with a visual inspiration: a photograph, an artist’s work or a person. I think my work is always better for the opportunity to listen, to look, and to react.
untitled, (sold), 2009, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″
Art is my heart’s voice. I can say things artistically that I can never hope to speak or write. My drawings and paintings are as much about my inner workings as what I see.
i am, 2010, acrylic & ballpoint pen on canvas, 24″ x 36″
My art is an editorial, a map of my inner paths. I participate in a #draw365 group of artists on Twitter who are dedicated to drawing every day. I draw daily, regardless of my mood or whether I am inspired. In the doing, I never fail to find inspiration. I have found that quantity leads to quality.
slant, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
Recently I collaborated with Detlef Cordes to create this video of my drawings. In the video, my work is accompanied by Detlef’s beautiful “Unintended Music”.
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