Time spent abroad has influenced my work to include themes of travel, movement and daydreaming. Whether it involves a visit to another country or my own back yard, my art begins with a camera and a journey. I am fascinated by the way printmaking processes can be used to transform a photograph. The gum transfer process in particular can break down a photograph in a way that results in a “bad print.” I use a variety of media to bring these broken photographs back to life. Layers of ink, acrylic, encaustic, and collage help to turn my nostalgic images into work that suggests a passing of time.
In 2010, I began focusing on my Daydream Dwellings series where I am working to “re-build” urban landscapes one architectural detail at a time. I believe that repetition in architecture can be used to facilitate daydreaming much like a mandala is used to facilitate meditation. Although meditation is a deliberate act, while daydreaming tends to be accidental, both allow you to take a break from the noise of the world in order to clear your mind and ultimately refocus. I hope that my re-imagined urban landscapes give the viewer a personal portal to their most peaceful daydreams.
2014, Mixed Media on Wood, 20 x 30"
2014, Mixed Media on Wood, 24 x 48"
D is for Dormer
12 x 16
2011, Mixed Media on Wood, 12 x 16"