Saturday, January 1, 2011

Artist Statement


UPCYCLE/LIFESTYLE ARTS
I rescue discarded items, furniture and tired elements and turn them into useful objects. I am a lifestyle space designer who thrives on creating places of beauty focusing on treasures from the past. I believe that re-purposing is an important skill/craft that our culture should pursue in order to cut down on waste and conserve on our resources. Sustainability is the key to our future here on Mother Earth.


SCULPTURE
Clay is the primary material in my sculptural work.  I often mix the media using found objects to convey a story. My work is primarily figurative in nature, but I also indulge in make objects to enhance household life.


PAINTINGS ON CANVAS
When I approach my canvases, I do so with a very loose concept of what I will create.  I love to build my work through layering of line, color and texture. I enjoy the interactions between lines and colors and the forces that are created as they interact on the canvas.  Working in a variety of medium I employ many different techniques including both direct mark making and indirect methods of laying down imagery. 

My work is constantly evolving and I am not afraid to completely cover a previous work and start again using only parts of the previous painting as an under painting.  I have a tendency to work with vibrant colors and dramatic rolling lines.  I mix my colors intuitively, leaving behind the scholarly ways that I was taught in the past and building tones, using them, adding more tone and continuing.

My imagery varies and often is as a result of my moods.  I never finish a painting in one sitting and rarely finish one within the week I start one.  Every mark is an out flow of my personal energy to the painting surface.




My work is a journey....a never ending documentation of the paths that I explore...

-The End-

2 comments:

Rachael Chatham said...

Beautiful art work! I am a fellow FAU alum and a new blogger now living in Asheville, NC. Love your site - I'm inspired!

Lisa Montsion said...

What a beautiful piece of art.

lisa