As far back as I can remember art has always been my passion. But becoming a artist has always been my dream. Even as a young child, I had aspirations of becoming an artist.  As I acquired more knowledge of art, that dream began to take shape and evolve.  The allure of spatial relationships, color and texture piqued my natural artistic curiosity, and began to influence my creativity.  As I got older, I gravitated toward interior design and architectural concepts.  After earning a degree in Interior Design, I worked for many years as a designer and that training began to influence my artwork.  I love the art and architecture of the Art Deco period.  Through exploration, my art continues to be influenced by my love of clean lines, texture, color and space.

My muse is first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience.  The radically simplified form and functionality of the painters of the Bauhaus, and abstract artists like Kandinsky, who use color, form and space to create interesting visuals, is also where much of my inspirations come from.  My art is extremely diverse and is driven by my emotions and focus at that moment.  Sometimes it is very constructionist in feeling, combining different materials and mediums to create an organized geometric design.  Other times, it's just a free form abstract color study.  Some of my pieces are my interpretation or visual expression of a favorite bible verse.

I generally don't like to be labeled as any one type of artist, but abstract mixed media artist would be the best fit.  I feel my work crosses over many methods and styles, and is about structure, line and the relationship between shapes.  I like to combine material of different types and create pieces that have a layered or three-dimensional feel.  I love the collage format, because it gives me the opportunity to combine realistic images, abstract design and even words to create pieces with emotions and movement.  The work itself is a unique hybrid of painting and sculpture.  Sometimes I start with a sketch or a conceptualized idea in the studio.  But I am not the type of artist that carries a sketchbook with them everywhere.  A piece can start with an interesting material that will inspire me.  My artwork seems to have a life unto its own, and often evolves, becoming more or less, dependent upon how it conceptualizes in my mind as I work through it.  Once I have a project started, I try to experiment as much as possible and really get into it and explore it in depth. I try to gain new perspectives and insights into my own creative process.  If I am creating a series, I try to think of how the images relate to one another, as well as where the project can go from there.  Emotions and instinct are the guiding forces in creating each piece.

I have always been inspired by artists who create a piece you want to examine more closely to see how they applied the paint because the texture is so interesting.  I am captivated by the artist who uses layers of color to create their images so that the process is just as inviting to appreciate as the artwork. That is what I strive to accomplish with my own art.  I don't want to create art that is simply beautiful to look at, but is so conceptually interesting that it compels you to study its construction.  I feel that if I can get people to appreciate not only the beauty in the artwork, but also appreciate the way it was created, I have succeeded in my quest as an artist.


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