Member Since: May 2009
My artistic process combines layered applications of painting, drawing, smudging, rubbing, texturing, and collaging to handmade papers and surfaces from all over the world.
I often include photographs from my travels or mementos from nature combine ... more
|Artist Statement:||My artistic process combines layered applications of painting, drawing, smudging, rubbing, texturing, and collaging to handmade papers and surfaces from all over the world.
I often include photographs from my travels or mementos from nature combine with an extensive collection of antique images and unique objects which inspire me to create these one of kind eclectic pieces,
In order to create more depth in my work I invented a new application technique called, “Plastilaque.” This is a mixed- media photo process, in which I print on sheets of plastic, then layer the surface with other types of media resulting in additional depth. My favorite part of this process is that I can constantly explore and experiment and break traditional ‘rules’ of combining mediums.
This may look like ‘play’ to the casual observer, but during the process I ask myself many “what if’s” and constantly push boundaries and even create ‘mistakes’, for there is great satisfaction in transforming these pieces into a wonderfully pleasing individual icons.
I work on many pieces at one time, often laying out multiple surfaces and letting torn pieces of paper, fabric, wood, images or photos dance and move around until a composition/message takes form, or theses pieces seems to speak for themselves. Sometimes immediately or after awhile a certain subject or theme may come into my mind, or I may sense a feeling of a color and/or shape may dominate. Mixed media collage allows each piece to be its own thought and vision but when layered together they make an illustrated story.
My goals are to tell stories: stories about ancient civilizations, scientific theory, moral or ethical dilemmas, paradoxical questions and sometimes to be humorous. I enjoy creating unique pieces in which I ask more questions than offer answers.
My artistic process has been so successful that in the spring in 2006 I developed “Connecting through Collage” a workshop to share my methodology. I work with small groups guiding them through meditation and visualization exercise to explore their inner selves by creating collages. The Connecting through Collage workshop are well attended and continue to be offered many different times a year.
Finding my 'inner self' through my art is much like my own personal treasure hunt.
I currently reside in Dallas, TX
|Education:||Public Relations, Bachelors of Arts University of Central Oklahoma 1992|
|Awards & Distinctions:||2009 Robert Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, juried by Susan Davidson Senior Curator of the Guggenheim Museum, Port Arthur, TX
2006 Juried Winner for 'Aquarium', Artist's Showplace Dallas, TX Annual Juried Artist's Show, by Miles Batt, A.W.S.
|Professional/Teaching Experience:||Creative Arts Center Of Dallas, Dallas, Texas 2006-2009 Mixed Media Collage, Connecting Through Collage|
|Exhibitions:||2009 Group Shows
The Cerulean Gallery, Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX, Uncommon Compositions, Feb. 20 - March 30st
Infusion Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June 11-July 9th
Mid Century 1900
|Artist Tags:||mixed media collage, assemblages, acrylic painting, collage, found objects , photomontage|