Drawing is the underpinning of my work. It is physical. I actually feel I'm making my thoughts tangible.
Why are we here?
What makes us?
What connects us?
How do the constraints, of our lives shape us?
I want to make more than a ripple. And hope to touch many.
What is “life”?
Where do we go after our last breath?
I ease into these questions. I often return to a theme, in a new way, in a new medium.
In 1998 I began a series of etchings with digital prints that gave voice to the growing pains of a girl child in the 1950’s, an adolescent in the 1960’s, and a young woman in the 1970’s: The Gifts, The Trials, The Passages and The 12 Covenants or the unspoken rules of growing up female.
Other series followed:
At the Table – the connections and constraints of everyday life. The table is the place where meals are shared, conversations occur, conflicts erupt, tensions are soothed.
The Price of Silence – not speaking leads to not knowing, to forgetting. I focus on those who are forgotten, discarded, or disappeared.
Ties that Bind – The connections we form, the tangents, memories. These ties can be language, objects, places.
Children's Games – learning the rules of play, finding identity
Birds – Using the bird to look at death, despoiling, loss.
There are no definitive answers, only visual narratives; partitions in time, momentarily frozen.
Curiosity leads me to work in multiple mediums – pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, gouache, watercolor, oils, etching, mono-printing, writing and digital. My love of building images in layers pushes me to experiment mixing etchings with digital images, painting with digital prints, pastel with oils.
My work may draw from the past, a feeling, a story, but it's always open for the viewer to interpret.