I call this energy nature. Smells, colors, landscape, people, sound, the garbage strewn on the side of a highway are all infused with this energy.
Like words used to build a story, sensory attractions build my experience as an artist. I wait, listen, trust, pause, listen, leap, stop, and--begin again to collect, compose, wonder, experience. For me, the process of art-making is that of tiny rich steps, all needing attention, and care.
Eventually, I become a translator, using my camera and a digital paintbrush to communicate this collaboration's essence.
The finished work within this series may appear to be symmetrical, it is not, but it is simply a reflection of internal urgings to create balance. Perfect imperfection.
Restoration offers an opportunity for the viewer to experience their unique sensory narrative and perhaps find a meditative space to rest within.”
The Restoration Series embodies a non-rational, visceral experience into abstract imagery. Each work grew from the center of the canvas outward. This was not a conscious decision. My shifting sense of internal balance guided the placement of shape, color, and texture. I had to show up, collect the images, sit at my digital easel and listen.
Each mosaic-like piece within the Restoration series was photographed during the winter, spring, summer, or autumn seasons. Many hours spent outside in nature form the matrix on which I build. The process of creating each of the finished pieces of work elicited a restorative response within me. The colors, smells, sounds, personality of the seasons, even the warm August breeze touched me—as I worked in the dead of winter compiling separate elements into a whole.
These works are digital photographic composites. I’ve culled down a selection of images from hundreds of photographs. Small segments from these selected images are chosen based on color, texture, shape, and relationship to the whole. I have abstracted the selected subject in nature, building an image that reflects the balance I experienced while photographically documenting my encounter. I work with a Canon digital camera and the Photoshop program on an Apple computer. There is no manipulation of the photographs or the segments I choose to incorporate within the artwork.
The Visual Memoirs are a growing body of work. Each piece had its own unique beginning: a dream, familial history, longing to understand, desire to heal. One or more of the following form the content of each piece: digital photography scans of old black and white photos/color slides and digital painting.