What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media for me means combining my three favorite things; collage, drawing and painting!
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I have been a mixed media artist for over 20 years.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
I have been proud to call myself an artist since the age of three. I can’t even remember not doing art or considering myself an artist. It’s simply part of who I am! Now that I’m a mother, I fully realize that all kids start out with creative and curious minds. Making things is just a natural extension of that energy.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Fabrics are the supply that can instantly get my creative juices flowing. I just love combining patterns and colors that wouldn’t normally work together. Mixed media provides the greatest opportunity for eclecticism — mixing old and new, graphic and soft, bright and subdued, masculine and feminine, messy and photo-realistic.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
I love the design and pattern sensibilities of Tricia Guild,the messy free form of Sabrina Ward Harrison,and the design and compositions of The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Add to that my love for the figurative painters such as Delacroix and Gericault, to Klimt and Degas, to Andrew Wyeth and Chuck Close and you can maybe begin to understand where I evolve from. I cannot name a particular artist who works like I do, because I have yet to see one! But contemporaries that I adore and have bought work from include Lance Letscher, Joe Decamillis, Diane Arvanites, Donne Bitner, and Lynn and John Whipple.
Tell us about your creative process.
The majority of my work is drawing and painting on fabric and paper collage. The subjects range from faces and figures of women and children to landscapes, nature scenes and abstracts. All the pieces begin with fabric and paper collage arranged, sewn and adhered to wood panels. The collages consist of any of the following; antique cloths, contemporary fabrics, antique dictionary pages, old children’s school books, atlases, architectural plans, wallpaper, tablecloths, napkins, lace, buttons, flowers, leaves and any variety of papers and 2D found objects. Over the collages, the drawings are done in charcoal and the work is painted with acrylics and mediums.
The joy in this process of collaging, drawing and painting is the instinctual choices of rendering and harmonizing what I will cover up and what I will leave to be revealed.
My intention is to weave an autobiographical tapestry invoking and addressing universal issues such as philosophy, spirituality, sexuality, motherhood and self-awareness. Most of the titles come from appropriate words found in the collage. I believe that art and life is always about becoming more conscious, more aware, and more of yourself. For me, this includes life as an artist, a woman and a mother.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I don’t know of any other artist who works like I do!
Where can we find you?