Finding an environment, a home for certain creations is where I am lead more and more all the time. Each piece wants to belong, not individually but as part of a bigger scene.
Using found objects and leaving my mark on them through light, line and the ability to allow myself to be taken is a very exciting medium to explore.
Moving instruments around surfaces to depict our surroundings is the basis of observational discoveries. Drawing using pens, pencils, charcoal to spoons, rust, leaves can push our preconceptions and channel our own sensitivities in constructing a world we make for ourselves.
Drawing is a stepping stone, a foundation, a final resting place, a source and destination for my work.The hands move in capturing what is in front of our eyes but a pull from within captures the nuances and particulars that can give life to a surface. Attentive to this and allowing sensitivities resound are part of the discovery of the art process.
Manipulating surfaces has always had a big appeal to me. Playing with texture, line, layers, fabric, tones and discovering no matter how much you plan something it ends up taking on a life and form of its own is something that excites and challenges.
Beginning with a surface or a medium and exploring how textures and elements can take on a new format for themselves is part of the joy of using mixed media. Letting the unknown take on a form of its own.
Using motifs like books, chairs, doorways, feathers often lead the work to convey a new part of the story...
Light and scene,
planned or instinctively capturing the moment
through the lens I can document or re-use these episodes