What does mixed media mean to you?
To me, mixed media means the freedom to combine any sort of materials in any way you believe is best. It’s an eclectic and thoroughly liberating term that encompasses anything our heart and our hands want to put together.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
My art has taken a mixed media turn over the past four years, but I’ve been a glue-dabbler and colorer since I was a kid.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has enhanced my life by becoming a companion of sorts. There have been phases when my husband would work long hours and I’d be home alone. Making art was a way to feel like I had company and was doing something worthwhile with my time.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
My favorite go-to mixed media supplies are gesso, paint, gel mediums, fabric, inks and stamps.
Tell us about your creative process.
My creative process varies depending on whether or not I have a “vision.” These visions usually come at inconvenient, although still welcome, times such as in the shower or right before I fall asleep. If I have a mental visual of something I want to create, it’s easier to get started even if the end result doesn’t turn out how I imagined. If I haven’t got a vision, I’ll keep thinking and squinting and looking at pretty places and things until something strikes me. If that doesn’t work, I’ll force myself to sit in my craft space and pull out random supplies in the hopes that it will ignite some enthusiasm to start something…anything!
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
My mixed media art is unique because it is unpredictable and happy and colorful. I enjoy working with whatever I’m drawn to at the time and don’t mind that I’m a “phaser.” If I get sick of a technique or a material, I’m fine to move on to something else. Hopefully this keeps my style fresh and unexpected, even to myself.