December 10, 2020
Yes! It was beautiful and happy but as soon as I was older I realized that it was idyllic for some and treacherous for others. It’s a stunning country but a little bit rotten underneath. At least it was then.
It was hot and sultry with sunshine most of the year. With that came thunderstorms, intense colors, foliage, animals and exotic pattern and detail. I think all that comes out in my work and my natural sense of color is a direct result of what surrounded me as a child and young adult.
Blanket Birds limited edition print
I started drawing and painting at a very young age, maybe 3 or 4. It’s been the love of my life and a constant companion.
I have always loved color in every aspect of my life and believe it is how I express myself in my paintings. I love bright colors and neon and I think this is how I create contrast in my work. I use colors where you wouldn’t expect which creates energy and movement within a piece. I use neons a lot, I love the playfulness of them and how they can enhance a focal point. Shapes also play a big role in my work. Stripes portray vegetation while geometric shapes represent mountains and trees, creating a psychedelic and dreamlike world. Fun!
Neon Trees limited edition print
I’m inspired by travel mostly. I adore going to new places and seeing the world and putting this visual stimulation back into my work. I think it broadens the mind, the spirit and the creative process. Its changed lately because of the current climate so I have to rely on just the beauty that surrounds me and making my own inspiration within. It’s flowers, colors, texture, nature, walking, poetry, food, music. I think if you feed the soul, the senses are stimulated and the mind feels motivated to create beauty.
I love it when my patterns or paintings become actual objects, especially ones that are useful. Clothing has been fun with paintings and designs made into overalls, shirts and scarves. It’s an interesting way to get the work out there and onto something organic. I’ve done fabrics, housewares, books etc. It’s the commercial side of what I do. These days, I’m happiest when clients want to use existing creations that I’ve made.
Mushrooms and Flowers. Limited edition print.
8. I’ve read that you picked out the paintings for your home before picking out your furniture, what was the idea behind that?I love original art in my home and yes I’d always spend whatever I could on paintings. They’re more important to me than furniture. They elevate the space that no couch could!
Bird Flock. Limited edition print.
Ingrid Newkirk – Animal Kind
It did initially. I had more time and also tried a lot of new things. I made mobiles, did cutouts, made little clay bowls. It was a very productive time, although filled with anxiety and worry. I needed a lot of creative distraction and also had more time due to not going anywhere.
I would love to do a giant mural somewhere.
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