I describe my style as a mix of surreal, whimsical and kitsch. Some of the things that I consider during the process of creating a piece are the composition and the color scheme. It’s also important for me to make the collage aesthetically pretty.
In the end my “Graffiti Series” is a body of work that explores non-objective painting. Each painting is an extension of who I am and what I feel in the moment.
Later in life I discovered the inner world when I learned to meditate and go inside. What I see and what I experience in altered states is almost as vivid and nurturing as the external worlds I explore on canvas.
In juxtaposing these normally disparate elements, I’m trying to force an awareness of how we usually organize our lives. I like the memories, emotions, and connections that are uncovered when these normal boundaries are removed.
I get into the moment and let my intuition lead the way. I love painting abstracts, mixed-media pieces because the outcome is endless. I am not required to follow any rules or to make something representational.
Feminine subjects have always been a major focus of art. We invited some artist friends to share work that celebrates women.
I hope my work touches people who see it. It is personal. I paint from the heart. When I’m painting, I am very spiritual, I think about life, relationships, and passed loved ones – the things that I care about.
The life of an artist can be isolating, so sharing and connecting with my community is a vital part of my art practice. The connection and interaction with others often fuels me and my creative work.
My inspiration is its own internal flame, fueled by the need to bring a visual voice to the intangible ambiances around me. The meditative and healing nature of the creative process combined with the organic forms of nature is at the heart of my inspiration.
With my science background, I am always aware of the natural forces that shape the universe. I see not only the lyrical beauty of landscapes and skyscapes, but also the beauty of the mathematics of nature that a scientist experiences. I try to convey that beauty by including circles, lines and grids in my works.
As a mime, forming characterizations without the use of words describing who that person is must be conveyed visually. I have found a similar process in this art form by the juxtaposition, placement and choice of various objects in each piece.
To me, making art is about magic. It’s about alchemy, science, philosophy, love and life.
I feel elated and moved when I go into a rainforest or botanical gardens. My art work reflects my emotions in the moment I’m creating and if I feel happy, I paint in vibrant colours.