What does mixed media mean to you?
To me, it means using two or media in an artwork.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
Actually, from the time I first “decorated” napkins for my mom’s social events — but, most recently, I would say since 2010. It was then that I was able to move to Lake Gaston, North Carolina, and open Blue Heron Art Studio. I have been an artist/art instructor for many years, but it was after I moved to this beautiful area that I entered a new creative phase.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has been very life-sustaining for me and a source of refuge and healing. It has greatly enriched my life, and, hopefully, the lives of others who view my work. I enjoy sharing what I have learned about the creative process with others as well.
What are the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
The media I seem to use the most (besides acrylics and watercolors) are: Inktense pencils, Faber-Castell watercolor pencils, metallic pants, Pro white, as well as scrapbooking papers (for texture and pattern.) Sometimes, I like to add drama with stenciled and stamped shapes.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Some of my favorite artists are illustrators of children’s books. The first one to come to mind is Eric Carle.
Tell us about your creative process.
My process is to begin with a sketch of some of my favorite subject matter — something from nature or an illustration of kids interacting in their world. Then, I usually add color with Pelikan watercolors, acrylics and/or watercolor pencils. After that, I enjoy adding layers of one or more of the media mentioned above, depending on the piece.
What makes your mixed media art unique?
I would say that the thing that makes my artwork unique is that the images are very personal. I am surrounded by beautiful waterfowl, here at the lake, as well as wildflowers native to North Carolina, so many of my pieces will show that. Some are memory paintings from my childhood. Even if it is an abstract piece, it has personal meaning to me. I believe that we are all unique and have something to share. My art is a way of saying, “I was here!”