About the art
Each work starts with a visual inspiration– a dusting of green vegetation over rocky soil, glistening roasted beet flesh under its own charred skin, patina on battered metal– and then takes on a life of its own as each layer influences the next. The inspiration might carry through to the final layer, or it might just be a luscious glint that catches your eye and beckons you across the room.
Recent works are mixed media mosaics made from strips of "palette trash," dried acrylic paint peeled off a plastic palette. I started experimenting with the palette trash a number of years ago. It's just too lovely to throw away. Upping production means making palette trash on purpose, which is really the pineapple upside down cake version of painting. The first couple layers are a sloshy, joyous endeavor with conscious choices in color and mark making. Then I layer up paint to build strength. Scissors, tweezers, glue, wood, ba-bing! Mosaic. And now I want cake.