Looking Into My Garden
The direction of my current work takes inspiration from beautiful textural papers from around the world. Creating layers of texture using embellishments and fibers, I am creating art works as I paint with paper. The tactile quality of my work causes people to wonder if I am using fabric. The beauty of the color and texture of each paper used becomes the focal point in my works. I am constantly challenging the limits of the papers as my subjects include flowers, landscapes and nature, as well as abstract themes. Inspiration may come from photographs, a feeling from nature, or the movement in a marbled piece of paper. I add depth to my work as I layer papers creating a three dimensional effect on the two dimensional surface. Some works are carefully created based on a realistic interpretation of a scene while other works take one to a place created by the beauty of the papers. The tactile experience of working on a new challenge fascinates me and keeps me wanting to do more experimentation.
As an artist for over forty years, every creative experience I have had, from teaching to creating my own works in various media, has brought me to where I am today. I am constantly delighted to find new ways to have paper speak to those who view my works, hoping it will broaden their appreciation of this media.