I am fascinated by folktales, fairytales, mythology, and the magic they contain. Many of my paintings have similar characters and themes from these stories. For example, I did an image of Red Riding Hood where she is on a black horse, flying through the sky, high above the Wolf. I work with realism and abstract, either separately or together.
Beyond the subject matter, my painting process sometimes involves texturizing the paint surface with patterns using stencils and gel medium. Occasionally, I collage a few organic things onto the canvas, such as flower petals and leaves, and nonorganic items like paper with handwriting.
One challenge I have is overworking, not knowing when to stop. I’ve ruined a few paintings this way. It’s a long road back to try and fix them. It can be helpful to take photos of the different stages of completion. Or I try and wait a few days before continuing, which gives me a fresh eye to view the work.
Another challenge in the past for me has been working alone. I now have a group of painting buddies and an art studio at the Creative Opportunities for Wellness on Goodman Street. I have my own studio at home, but also have the option to paint with others that give me feedback, encouragement and inspiration.
I teach painting, drawing, calligraphy, and relief printmaking at the Creative Workshop and the Art Store.
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