Because my intent is to create a charged viewing
space, I work for initial impact, and carefully control the elements
in my compositions. Then, I leave room for the viewer to explore
and invest in the piece. My etchings and my fiber works present
elements of expressionism and interpretive realism.
I create from a surreal viewpoint, with an added caveat:
I have a rare brain anomaly identified as synesthesia
- I experience sounds as color, texture and volume. Each day I live
in an extra sensory dimension, and the attendant challenges of the
clamoring stimulation, which finds its way into my palette and images.
Particular artists have formed my aesthetic including:
Odilon Redon, the French Symbolist who explored dark areas of the
spirit in his stark etchings and mystical paintings, and described
his work as ambiguous and undefinable; Edvard Munch,
also a painter and printmaker, who once said in response to a question
about the birth of The Scream
the sun was setting,
I felt a breath of melancholy.; and Remedio Varo, a Surrealist
of superlative skill who gave the viewer moments of wry humor along
with powerful statements about alienation.
I find crossover inspiration from literary writers
a favorite novel is The Master by Colm Toibin.
The book is an interpretive biography of Henry James, and I am drawn
to Jamess seething interior, and his constant longing for
My fiber artwork involves hand painting, monoprinting,
stitching, layering and texturizing. The range of possible techniques
with fiber art allows me great freedom in achieving my intent. These
pieces hang either as tapestries, or stretched on artist canvas.
Most of my etchings are composed using a layering
of my drawings and photos, then creating a transparency which is
exposed to UV light over a treated metal plate: this process creates
an etching ready for multiple inking and printing techniques.