I create abstract two dimensional mixed media pieces. My materials include collage papers, magazines, drawing materials, acrylic paint, stencils, stamps and old art work–anything I can get my hands on that is of visual interest. My surfaces are multi-layered, allowing the viewer to understand the process of making. By partially hiding and exposing each layer, I reveal the unique character of each piece. I often paint over an old painting so I can respond to it rather than start on a blank piece of paper or canvas.
My intuition guides me as I work improvisationally, moving back and forth between loose mark-making and more defined and controlled shapes. I love the dichotomy of this combination. I usually don’t know where the painting is going but I know lots of ways to help it along. While I’m working I’m continuously turning the piece to look at it from different viewpoints and that often helps me know how to proceed. Sometimes when I change one small element, other components fall into place.
I strive for all the elements on a piece to work together, though there is sometimes a quirkiness or imperfection. Sometimes I feel like my work is about getting to make a mess and cleaning it up afterwards. It’s natural for humans and nature to be imperfect and I like to show that.
Art helps me make order of my life, my thoughts and emotions. I want my audience to feel a sense of calm and to be inspired. I feel like I can show beauty that might not be seen. It’s like fixing the world a little bit. I’m showing my unconscious world and this may create untold stories for the viewer.
Artists who have had major influences on me are Judith Geichman and John Reuter-Pacyna, instructors from the School of the Art Institute. I learned about materials, accidental and purposeful marks and composition from them. My background as an art director helps me think through the composition as a whole. And after working as a typesetter many years ago, I’m still drawn to the beauty of the letterform.