For me, making art has always been process oriented and sometimes experimental. One mark leads to another. A technique or area of interest to a new series. Exposure to a new artist gives me new ideas. Creativity multiplies, words, colors, textures collide. Old paintings and prints on paper are used as an encaustic collage, paintings on canvas are scraped for texture. Line is drawn with an oil stick or pencil. All begin as a question, an abstract feeling, an intuitive idea. Recently my art making has been in response to my rural surroundings and environmental influences.
2020 Has been a challenging year for most of us. In addition to the pandemic, my home was threatened by wildfires. Our family had to evacuate, not knowing how the fires would ultimately affect our home and our small acreage. While many lost homes we thankfully returned to a minimally altered landscape. How the wind, smoke and weeks of unhealthy air quality affected the wildlife is unknown. As for me, I'm still having stressful dreams of this event, hence the "Wildfire Reflections" series.
"Pollinators" has sprung from my interest in beekeeping and how marvelous the natural pollinators are in the environment. It has given me an opportunity to experiment with layering of glass plates between resin hexagons to mimic the depth and layerings of the insect environs.
In 2003 I completed a BS in Drawing/Painting/Printmaking from Portland State University, with a minor in graphic design and art history, a course of study that has influenced my interest in both the ancient art culture and the contemporary artists of the 20th century.
There has always been a clear direction in my art - create and explore the endless possibilities of form and the essential elements of what art is and can be.