What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed Media means freedom. It means possibility and potential. It means breaking the formal rules of art making as I’ve experienced and finding new ways to tell your story.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I have always been a Mixed Media artist in some capacity in that I’ve rarely limited my work to just one medium. Some would call this multi-disciplinary but since the end result is anchored with a photographic image I have coined the term Mixed Media Photography. I like to loosen the constraints of glass and frame and create one-of-a-kind pieces that echo the experience of being in the location the photograph was taken. My work circles around architecture and place so Mixed Media offers a unique path to this goal. I like to create surfaces that want you to touch them and add to the ongoing patina of the surface. So in some iteration I’ve always been a Mixed Media Artist.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
I’ve been an artist all my life. I am driven and inspired by the language that is Art. This is why I’ve been a working artist and Art Teacher for over 20 years. There is a conversation going on in every piece of artwork, and certain people can translate. I am honored and blessed to know that I can understand this language and have dedicated my life to teaching others how to as well.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
I am a sucker for any of the Golden products, specifically their gel mediums. They are the most reliable and perform consistently not matter what crazy process I’m putting them through!
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Tell us about your creative process.
I find that I split my photographs into categories, those that will be presented as straight images, and those that have the potential for a mixed media piece. Once those images are confirmed, I run them through Photoshop/Lightroom for developing and print a few variations. These will float around in my head for a bit while I search for the right substrate to transfer the image to. Sometimes its wood, sometimes canvas, or maybe cardboard. Once that is determined, then I prep the surface. Each surface prep is determined by the tone of the image and what feeling I want to communicate. I typically layer paint, gel medium, metallic paint, writing and/or drawing on the background to build the surface. As that is building I work on the size needed to print my image. The image is then printed and transferred using gel medium. The last step can be very meditative for me since it involves the repetitive motion of the hands to remove paper bits from the back of the image. I find this quite fulfilling as the image slowly reveals itself and really makes me feel contented that it’s authentic hand-made piece.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I think it’s very subtle yet epic based on some of the images I use. I love landscape photography as well as architecture so the spaces I want to create demand a certain restraint with regards to color and detail. So I focus on patina, surface and tone. I know it is very different than a lot of work out there but I hope that’s a plus!