I have literally been all over the place with my artwork for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried most things more than once, clay, photography, drawing, oil, computer art, plain old “dry” collage graphic design, encaustic, even painting while left-handed-basket weaving for optimal creativity.
Can you guess which one of those is a lie?
Paint and paper became my deepest loves during the process of finding “my medium.” I’ve painted fruit, flowers, trees, landscapes, old toys, food and cups of coffee – so many cups of coffee. I’ve painted on wooden boxes, cardboard boxes, fabric and plastic sheets.
Still, I think the most unique thing I have ever painted on was a tennis ball. But, that’s another story.
Mixed media, more specifically, acrylic and collage, has been my method of choice for almost 13 years now and, after experimenting with countless subjects and abstract ideas, I am “back” to flowers.
I have often used flowers in my work and I have just as often often told myself that it’s not “good enough” to just paint what you are looking at.
I then realised, that the whole magic of painting for me is exactly that – painting what I’m looking at and capturing it in an unusual way. I’ve never had so much fun painting in all the years I’ve practiced it and what you see here, is the result of my happy paint parties I have with myself, while listening to real records, most days a week. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I enjoy making it.
Currently working with something extremely temporary like flowers, I like to think my style of creating is a blend of logic and intuition.
Since I begin with a collage, the edges of the paper serve as a “map” to guide my paint, no matter what the live flowers are doing in the vase. This is helpful, because, the always flowers wilt and wither before I am satisfied with the painting. When the petals start falling to the table and leaves start drying out, I have to rely on my memories of the past few days and on my collage underneath the paint, to get me to the finish.
That’s when imagination usually kicks in and I get the best colors! I can’t rush this process even to keep up with the short life of flowers, so I just trace and retrace edges of paper and make the rest up as I go.