Like most artists my art is constantly evolving.
In the early days I was most in interested in creating a copy of the object. I did a lot of detailed sketching, portrait work, and took many many classes.
|work in progress circa 2004|
I always had an interest in texture, and in papers so I took a week long work shop with a fabulous collage artist Carrie Burns-Brown, which started me thinking more about shape and colour as opposed to simply copying what was before me.
|collage, post Carrie Burns-Brown work shop circa 2007|
I started also to become more interested in how texture and paint interacted, the affects reminded me of the fossils I have collected my entire life.
|the beginning of texture in the works |
I was still adding elements of realism, but things were definitely leaning more and more to abstract, also I was starting to use my artist voice to express my environmental concerns, I went through a period where all of my art was 'political'
|paved paradise, political art|
Another pivotal workshop with Rainey Tischad introduced me to texture mediums and gels which I started adding to the works
|texture mediums, starting to tell part of the story. circa 2011|
With time and experimentation this is where we are today, letting the shapes, texture and glazing of highly thinned liquid acrylic tell the story...
|finished work, note the inter play between the texture and glaze circa 2015|
There is still an underlying message about environmental issues: habitat loss, micro environments and disappearing landscapes.
I'm still a realist at heart but I've given over control of the paint to the texture that I painstakingly build, and let the story emerge from there. It's been quite a journey, and it's not over. Evolution continues. With each new painting I find better ways to communicate.
It will be interesting to see where I go from here!
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