I’ve been making art forever it seems and my career has gone thru many iterations over the years. I distinctly remember making furniture for my dollhouse out of recycled materials and clothing for my dolls. This love for design led me to study textile design in college and later a career as a fabric designer/stylist in the home furnishings industry. Eventually the corporate world gave way to motherhood and freelance design replaced boardroom presentations. It was during those years that I discovered a love for paining, initially with watercolors. Currently I am painting with acrylics and layering those with oil pastels and grease pencil, throwing a little collage at it on occasion, and building things just to shake it up a little. Stay tuned, you never know where dancing along this red road is going to take me…
Much of my work exists where tradition meets the personal. Painting and stitching afford me the opportunity to converse with a culture lost to me through time and distance. As I create, I’m reminded that there is a long familial tradition of women who came before me. Stitching out of necessity, warmth, and sustenance, these Slavic women were not thinking of art or galleries or showings but of practical pride in a solid fund of craft. From the whispers of my foremothers, I find the very foundations of my art.
Whether I’m working with fabric, paint, or mixed media, I tend to follow a routine: adding materials and color, subtracting, reworking, taking away, back and forth until the overall effect looks effortless, not contrived or forced. I like my pieces to feel casual and immediate, regardless of how many hours I may labor over them. I like the colors to melt together overall with dancing bits of contrasting color and texture—a raw edge meets smooth silk, soft neutrals offset with shots of cobalt or orange.
After years of painting still lifes and non-objective subjects based on pattern, color, and texture, I began making narrative pieces with more personal meaning. I like that each individual artwork is only a brief moment that has a before, during and after.
A listen inside my head:
In January of 2014 I had the opportunity to speak on spirituality in my artwork. I was at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, GA. and here is a Youtube video of my “sermon”. Have a look as I explain how I got to be where I am today as an artist. Enjoy.by