- During During the past year I have become interested in collage again. This work was done with fragments from old paintings, trash and what ever else I could find that I thought fit in. I usually like to add works that press what I thinking at the time.
Continuing with my interest in chaos and calm, I am learning that I can embrace both. My work always reflects the world around me, and the world certainly has chaos and calm, although we have to strive for the calm! I am learning to accept the chaos as well. This year I have also been inspired by a new online group, Global Art Project, in which a group of international artists exchange fragments through the mail and then make an artwork out of "frags". I love participating with this group and have even been able to meet some of the artists in person as we had a group demonstration in Concord, NC at the Clearwater Artist Studios. The show of collaborations will be there until the end of August. I have done collage in the past , but this has sparked a new approach. I have also been active with a group of Steven Aimone's students in a group online, and we are having two upcoming shows, one in North Charleston and one in Beaufort, SC.
I have talked about this before that I have two different approaches to my paintings. I still like to do "busy" paintings and "calm" paintings, and sometimes I try to combine them into one work. For now, I am starting a new series called "Alternative" (meaning an alternative me) which will have my latest "busy" works. I guess I have to follow my mood and do different things as it occurs to me. We will see where this leads!
This is one of 24x24" canvas paintings I did at ACA workshop. My intention was to create some quiet space in the midst of busyness areas.
While working at the ACA I did a lot of work, both on canvas and on paper. This is one of my new series on paper done with acrylics and mixed media. I enjoyed so much having the time and space to work everyday to create a new collection of paintings.
I have been painting for many years in several different media and have won awards in juried shows and had one-woman and small group shows. The learning aspect of painting has been a great joy and driving force for me. For the past few years I have become interested in abstract work and have been studying how to understand abstract work and how to do it.