Artist’s Statement

               My desire to create continues to progress as an artist. I imagine my work reflecting the beauty and wonder of nature. I envision a vast world full of beautiful landscapes filled with creation’s pattern and rhythm depicting the creativeness found in the surrounding universe. I am exploring the associations of pattern and rhythm in nature and the creativeness found in the details. My work incorporates original characters interacting within a greater landscape. It is within these narratives that I explore design found in nature. This natural design is juxtaposed against my own imagined design. My aim is to achieve a consensus that the lush patterns in my work echo that of the awe-inspiring creation around us.

               As the viewer engages with my work, they are drawn into a fantasy world that is derived from the natural world. The intricate designs found in nature are a springboard for my imagination to create fantasy landscapes in which my original characters can interact within a narrative.  The media I have chosen to work with, oil paint and cel-vinyl, both offer a beautiful and rich color palette.  I have been exploring a mix of traditional and non-traditional applications of the oil paint. I apply the paint with sponge and dry brush techniques to the forms within the landscape. This is how I accomplish the textural quality of the surface of objects within the painting. This technique is inspired by my fondness for mid-century illustration and animation background paintings. Using this technique with a bright and whimsical palette supports my aim to evoke a childlike wonder in the viewer as they enter the fanciful worlds I create.

               There is an inexhaustible world of inspiration around us. It is from this source that my work continues to develop and grow. I will always be drawn to the beauty found in nature and from there be moved to create. Defined by Merriam-Webster, the imagination is, “the ability to imagine things that are not real, the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced, and the ability to think of new things.” Throughout this body of work, my imagination has been imperative in the process of creating new images. Creating art for me has become a frolicsome experience. Merriam-Webster defines frolicsome as, “very lively and playful.” I hope that my viewers can interact with my works in a lively and playful way that intrigues them to contemplate a deeper sense of wonderment and inspiration found in the creation around us. I hope that my work can stir up in my viewers, A Frolicsome Imagination.

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