I am a materials driven artist, more curious about what I can do with the medium than I am in the finished product. I am fascinated with form, line, and texture. I like to play with my medium until I’m completely satisfied with something I’ve made, then I’m off to another medium. I don’t like for my work to look like anything I’ve ever seen, no matter what I’m making. I won’t use written symbols from various cultures because I don’t know I am saying, but I like to use symbols that are used worldwide. Four is a number I use a lot. I like to honor the four seasons, the four directions, the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire).
I worked with clay for eight years and the last pieces I made was completely satisfied me. Now I haven’t touched clay for three years. I’m keeping my tools, though. I’ve been known to revisit my mediums!
Now I’m exploring other mediums. I taught myself how to make popup cards and really enjoy taking a piece of paper, folding it in half, then making seemingly random cuts. I almost always like them. I like to cut the card out of white paper and glue it into a black cover. Recently I’ve been spattering white paint on one side so that they look sort of like stars. It really creates a finished product.
Right now, I’m playing with watercolors, colored pencils, and acrylics. I’m happiest when I’m completely spontaneous. Once I’m done, I look at it a decide whether or not I like it. If I don’t like it, I put it away and revisit it once in a while. I often end up preferring the work I originally didn’t like at all.
Note to other artists: DON’T throw it away, put it away! I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. And keep it where your parrot (or pet) can’t get to it.