I always search the world for pattern, color and composition. Different perspectives – the view from airplane or through a microscope –reveal abstract patterns that are the basis for my visual vocabulary. Technology (airplanes, microscopes, computer-aided design) enables these different views, allowing me to apprehend hidden details, and to shift back and forth between different aspects, the micro and the macro.
The materials that I use to create brings my work back to a human personal scale. Through many marks and layers; I build my landscapes by hand using processes that are slow and intimate. I engage with the forms I’ve discovered in the world around me, dissolving and reconstituting them with papers, fabric, thread, paints, pencils and acrylic mediums. I experience these re-imagined landscapes as close-up details and distant topographies simultaneously. I hope that my work invites you to take the time to enjoy these shifting spaces and perspectives.
My work begins with noticing particular images, compositions, colors and ‘accidental arrangements’ discovered in the spaces and objects around me.
Clarifying My Vision
Once an arrangement is chosen, I capture it with a photograph that becomes my starting point. This image is modified and abstracted – enhancing the feeling of the space or object.
Using My Own Two hands
Using a combination or drawing and digital printing, I begin to develop the image on a variety of 100% cotton rag papers, handmade rice papers and sometimes even linen fabric. The piece is then mounted on a birch panel, creating a rigid textured surface to work on.
Letting the Creativity Flow
I layer, draw and collage, modifying the surfaces of each layer with paint, inks, colored pencils, charcoal and graphite – building marks, pattern and imagery as I go. Bits of sketches and drawings on paper and fabric might be added and incorporated into the composition. Sanding back onto the surface both reveals and obscures the underlying layers and often, entire areas become partially concealed by the following layer.
Enjoying and Loving the Work as it Evolves
Although I have a sense of the direction of a piece before I begin, usually it takes on a life of its own and the conversation directs the piece. Unencumbered by my physical body, my eyes and mind are freed to fly, float and dance through the spaces I create. It is this interaction with the small world I am creating along with the physical act of layering, marking, shifting concealing and revealing that I love and is the reason I create my work.