Mixing up oil color hues is my favorite part of painting with them. I have begun to mix my own oil paints with natural pigments and the colors seem so much more rich. I go back to paintings years after I have supposedly finished them and redo portions as my tastes change. Although recognizable shapes show up on my canvases, I have a mostly abstract aesthetic.
My first assemblage pieces were constructed while living in Hawaii from driftwood or brightly colored sections of fishing nets that were washed ashore. It is most fun for me to use recycled wood scraps in these works to find new possibilities for discarded pieces. I have sculpted with sections of fallen trees, re-used building industry items and recycled plywood. My newest works are inspired by florals.
Mixed Media Collage
Collage is my quickest route to surrealism. It is a fast and easy exercise for me to play with composition, color and form. I usually use collage for studies for the other mediums that I work in.
This sugar skull and abstract mandala project was begun in the Spring of 2014. I intend to do limited number prints of these skulls and have them in my shop soon. It was a very meditative practice for me, one that I think I will continue for many Summers to come.
These handmade botanical fonts were a total pleasure to make. I enjoy looking for the words and phrases to recreate as much as I love to make them. I have done a custom name for a client as well, so if you would love to see your name in vegetal font -just let me know. I plan on making a few large prints of my favorites.
Children's Illustration is a relatively new undertaking for me. This year I will be illustrating at least one of my children's stories and submit for publishing.
Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums, due to the ability to be layered. It is also super portable and I love bringing a small set with me when I travel.
Past Furniture Work
In my early career, I was an architectural and custom furniture designer. All designs were made with FSC sustainable hard woods. Pieces were shown in furniture shows in NYC and galleries in Palm Springs and Denver. Certain pieces have reclaimed wood from sources like hand carved antique Pakistani timbers, recycled lumber from salvage yards, sections of glue lams and sustainable alternatives to wood (kirei board).