"The creative person is always creating even when there are no tools in her hands.”
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
I practice mixed media art techniques that include thread sketching, painting, and monotype printing on different surfaces. These techniques create a variety of work including textile pieces, collage, art prints, and sculpture. Themes in my work revolve around animal stories, cycles of nature, the things that harm our world, and the things that repair our world.
Mixed media appeals to me, as anything can be included. I work with materials that already have a past story and are looking for a new life. Currently, three different areas excite my imagination:
-Found materials: Re-used fabric, paper, and other items lend themselves to art on many levels. Each item has its past which you can often see in rips, patches, and paint. Working with the evidence of this past use creates a layer of richness.
-Monotype printing: Every print pulled from the gelatin plate has a surprise waiting for me. I examine each print for the surprise and then build from there with other mediums.
-Sculpture: I carve, burn and paint hard-shell gourds to create this work. Gourds are a natural product and each one is unique. Just like humans, no two gourds grow alike.
I keep a running list of ideas and sketches for future work. Each project goes through an experimentation phase with different materials before I settle on making the final piece.