|Friday, 31 December 2010 17:59|
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, but never considered it to be important. It was just something I enjoyed doing. After many years of putting art "on hold", the need to create has once again surfaced and I realize now that making art is not just important, but essential. As I create, I am learning to play again; to be a child seeing the world with honest, trusting and vulnerable eyes.
I have rediscovered a gift that was dormant; a gift that brings life, joy and freedom, a gift essential to feeling fully alive and in touch with the world around me. Through art, I have embarked on a journey of discovery asking questions such as: How can I receive and give more love? How can I express this love visually? How can this new found life be shared with others? I want my work to be an honest expression of the creativity and concerns God has placed in me, and hopefully the viewer will see His beauty reflected back.
I discovered printmaking while at Otterbein College and was immediately drawn to the tactile process. The variety of techniques lends itself to exploration and experimentation, often with surprising results. I enjoy allowing the process to speak, and find the final outcome to be a mix of tension between my voice and that of the medium.
Inspiration for my work often comes from nature. The shapes, colors and intricate details in something as simple as a leaf fill me with great delight and wonder. My mother's love for sewing and quilt making has found a voice in my work as well, evidenced by the incorporation of fabric and collage. Recently, family has become an important subject matter. The grief found in the loss of family and dreams intermingles in a mysterious way with the joy found in experiencing a deep sense of belonging. As I ponder family, both past and present, I am filled with questions and feel like a detective searching out the answers through photographs of smiling people I never really knew. Will I ever find lost traditions, hidden talents and interests, secret victories and struggles? This is the visual challenge that lies ahead and I look forward to finding peace in the midst of creating, even if the answers are never found.
Recent participation in group exhibitions
Creating for the Creator, Teacher/Founder
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