One of my inspirations is nature, its intricacies, its subtleties of form, pattern, and color. This includes biology and the human form. These subjects are vast and universal and inspire many of us. For me it is the interconnectivity and the freedom expressed in these things that particularly draw me in. It is the way birds fly through the sky, the way that trees support each other in forest and the way we, as part of the ocean of consciousness and co-create our world. This is why I am also inspired by mediation and the opportunity to know who we really are. Isn’t that one of the things that art is about, informing each other about ourselves? The other concept that is attractive to me is space. I’m very comfortable with spacial arrangements and often think about using houses as inspiration and in my art. This also, like nature and
biology relates to form; “the way something is or happens”.
The way that I produce art is through intuition. Intuition is my home. If I have to play too hard with a concept I tighten up. I need room to experiment. I do not worry about destruction, I have become very comfortable losing the preciousness of any one piece of work. I like to experiment with different mediums and work on several pieces at once. Finished pieces come from knowing when to walk away from a piece and when to come back. Although I move from piece to piece I can focus very intently on the project at hand. When I have trouble getting started I close my eyes and draw; sometimes to instrumental music. I have recently been making sketching more of a habit. I also take more time to sit in quiet and listen.
Currently, I am focused on, and continually think about ways to express an abstract human form that keeps coming up for me. I have several process’s that I am experimenting with. I am continually painting with inks. Often, I draw with water or tints and let the ink do its thing. I also add mediums to the inks to strive for complimentary finishes. Another process that I have continued with for some time is ink drawings. Many of these are very detailed and are often repetitive and meditative in nature. Previously I started combing this style of drawing with my Ink paintings. Recently, I am pushing them further and combing them with my human form and color. All of this work is done on paper. I have also been making hand pulled mono-prints. I use hand made stencils and linoleum as well as stamps and hand made blocks. I have started to paint my forms with acrylic and oil on canvas; combing them with patterns and color.