I create bright and bold mixed media art that is firmly rooted in abstraction, inspired by the natural landscape, anchored by a love of color, and guided by an intuitive creative process. My abstract works on paper, canvas, and panel are made primarily using acrylic paint supplemented by other materials such as gouache, oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils, graphite, fabric, paper, and more. My work often incorporates collage techniques, as well as additive/subtractive methods of layering materials, to create tactile, visually-interesting surfaces with a personal artistic vocabulary. I create art as a means of expressing and making sense of the world. Each piece is an outward reflection of an internal dialogue, or inner space, in an exploratory practice of meaning-making through composition, color, form, and texture. I believe in the integrative power of abstraction in the arts to elicit responses, summon feelings, and convey thoughts which may otherwise be difficult to articulate. Committed to this belief, I hope to create works that cultivate personal and communal discoveries—be they aesthetic, emotional, or spiritual; works that lead to new and invigorating journeys, for myself and for others.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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