In the past few years, my work has not been focused in any one direction. In fact, I have been all over the place in terms of concept, subject matter, and medium. I have enjoyed the opportunity to explore all my different ideas at the same time, try experimental techniques, and learn from both successes and failures.
My work spans from traditional oil painting and pastel drawings, to mixed media and experimental techniques. I tend to work on two separate bodies of work at the same time. Different materials evoke different conceptual ideas in my work. Some of my past work deals with bold color, playful content, and a layering of Art Nouveau inspired images with Art Deco inspired geometric shapes. A second body of work is heavier in content. I primarily start with a technique called rust-transfer. This work deals with the ideas of decay, fossils, and biological evolution. Most recently, I united these two bodies of work by including playful humor and bold colors within a mixed media conceptual piece. I used facts about animals as my subject matter. This series can be viewed in the Gallery titled Recent Work: It's a Fact Series.
I recently finished my self-published children's picture book Finders Keepers. All of the illustrations were completed as pastel drawings and can be viewed in the Gallery titled Finders Keepers. I hope to find a publisher interested in picking up my book, but that to is a process. Both a hard and soft cover of Finders Keepers can be found at blurb.com.
Link to hard cover: http://www.blurb.com/b/8071703-finders-keepers
Link to soft cover: http://www.blurb.com/b/8162391-finders-keepers
What's on my easel right now?
I am currently working on a series of oil paintings with collaged paper. The subject matter is sleeping babies. I have completed the first four paintings in this series. As you can image, my own children are the inspiration for this series, but I hope to include a variety of different genders and ethnicities as I add panels to what I image to be a large grid of sleeping babies. The first four panels can be viewed in the Gallery titled In Progress Work: Sleeping Babies.
I have also started a new series based on the wild horses who live at Assateague State Park in Maryland. Similar to the sleeping babies, I am using collaged paper to create certain textures and patterns. This series is in chalk pastel instead of oil paint. The first piece can be viewed in the Gallery titled: Recent Work.