Much of my mixed media and monoprinting work is influenced by the use of materials, mediums and techniques which cause effects to happen that are unforeseen and unplanned.
Mixed media with acrylic ink on Strathmore printing paper, 11x14. This work started as a monoprint. I then painted flowers on the plate and printed. I came back the next day and added acrylic ink applied by a pen with nib. Sold
This work was created based on sketches of dried winter plants outside my studio. I love the unique forms of these plant ‘skeletons’. In this work I combined all the forms in a freeform ‘play’ of shapes and lines. Inks on Arches board 16x20.
This work started with this unusual watercolor background that granulated in a pattern that reminds me of the interior of a cave. This seems suited to an image of the owl, a bird of mystery and significance in many cultures and mythology. Acrylic with watercolor and ink on board, 6x6". Sold
This work evolved as I worked without a preconceived plan, applying color to materials and offsetting onto a panel. Then I look for the forms and add detail to bring them out. Monoprint with ink detail. 8x8 on panel.
I love the strong shapes of mushrooms stems and caps and the fact that they thrive in a moist earthy environment and are gathered in the woods. Acrylic with mediums on panel, 9x12
In my practice of mixed media with monotype and collage I have the widest creative opportunities. I try to work in series and to re-use reference material from the past. Sometimes I will cut up old watercolor paintings for material. For the musicians I used drawings that I did 40 years ago. Many of the images relate to the world around me such as birds, plants and food. The window outside my studio overlooks a thicket that is home to many animals and birds, beyond are fields that are planted in spring by a local farm coop. A strong reference and inspiration are artists from the past from Picasso to Jacob Lawrence. Post impressionism and modernism from the late 19th century to the mid-twentieth for the most part. I am also very interested in ancient Egyptian and Greek art and culture and hope to do a series related to those cultures and use some reference material from my travels to Egypt and Greece.