When I’m working on art, the medium I choose is typically secondary to the compulsion of getting the idea out of my head and on to the paper. Striking while the iron is hot, one could say.
Most of my pieces are mixed media to the extreme; ink, pencil, paint, pastel, crayons, and more all on the same image.
I enjoy using items I find at the thrift store, save for a few fancy pens and pastel sets I love the challenge of making art with secondhand, dried out off-brand markers on yellowed, brittle paper that was leftover from a classroom in the 70’s.
Emotional expression is what drives my work. My own emotions, or the emotions that others send my way. I usually personify those feelings into portraits, in an effort to convey them. I am drawn to faces, in particular feminine faces. Since I was a child, my heroes and inspirations have been women facing and overcoming the odds.
With these things in mind, my process is swift and can happen anywhere. I like to bring materials to coffee shops, parks, even local bars. Once I start something, I often finish it in that session. Every piece is akin to a journal, mistakes and all, highlighted for everyone to see. Each one a quick imprint of how the day impacted me and my loved ones.
One week at a time, beginning September 8, 2020, the Trout Museum of Art is showcasing the works of and celebrating the incredible artists who call the Fox Cities home. TMA is proud to share these artists and their works for all to enjoy.
Exhibitions are FREE with a Trout Museum of Art membership.