I am a mixed technique painter who finds inspiration in the natural world. The intelligent and specialized creatures, that have adapted and survived in a world overwhelmed by human population growth, continue to be the subjects at the forefront of my work. Creatures that are not of this world can be found wandering through my work as well. They are often a visual representation of the spirit of a place. These playful figures have come to me through doodling in the woods, playing the cognitive art game exquisite corpse with friends, and occasionally as visitors in dreams as well.
My latest work has encompassed a new element of detail and repetition as my focus has shifted from a visual outcome that informs actions to the process in itself. Through repetition and focus it is possible to enter a state of mind where the infiltration of constant thoughts cease and a deep sense of presence is found. By releasing myself of “rules” that come from planned formative work I am discovering a way to allow the process to shift my mindset. This has given the tools at hand a new purpose. Watercolor lends itself well to this state of mind. There is a need to work quickly because water is fluid and will be manipulated by even the slightest motion. The water will dry quickly and take shape as it pleases. Working with watercolor is teaching me to let go of control over the medium and become a ready guide to help the water do what it wants to do. I find that when present I am released of any desired outcome. Through this introspection I have been able to alter my relationship with creative work and have discovered a new sense of freedom and exploration. As a result the work itself is transforming from form to fragments.
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