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art, paintings, mixed media, animals, nature, spiritual, artist, New England, painter
I create art because doing so allows me to frequent the space
between scientific exploration and matters of the heart. These two
realms seem juxtaposed, but I find that their crossover is so
common that I believe they are one and the same. My artistic
process is much like the scientific method, entailing careful
observation, consideration of perspective, hypothesizing, and
then trying things out visually as a sort of experiment. Through
regular journaling, notes, and sketches, I find inspiration in my own
curiosity, discovering wonder in the intricacies and connections of
the natural world. My thoughts connect together like the pieces of
a puzzle to become a larger idea that I intuitively feel is important
for me to portray. I place these experiences, thoughts, metaphors,
and symbolic visuals into my compositions, narrating a story.
I find these multiple connections are frequently part of a larger picture,
branching out as one path leads to another and another, chronicling
abundant tales. Most often, drawn to the alluring and beautiful subject of
animals whom I refer to as “fairies”, I have found that their spirits represent for me poignant lessons about what it means to be human.
I use the beauty of textured materials, including oil paint, acrylic mediums, wax, and collaged paper to add depth and to reflect the layered meanings within my work. When various mediums come together in the compositions, they compliment and enhance each other organically. Color is the muse, and I choose the hues viscerally. Often I will layer paper with paint and acrylic mediums, then use charcoal, ink, and oil pastel to draw or etch into the surface. The layers become reminiscent of ghostly histories, spiritual energy, and primitive, yet powerful narratives of my psyche.