Inspiration comes to me on a couple of levels. First, the relationship between the elements that live in our natural world: trees, rivers, plant life and the animals that dwell amongst them provide great insight into how I can get a variety of line, shape, color, texture and pattern to peacefully coexist on a piece of paper. Second, the tools I use to make the marks and designs I use in my collage bring their own kind of stimulation. Older brushes and paints create contrasting movement than newer ones. A stroke of acrylic will respond to watercolor paper differently than to velum. These influences constantly fuel me and my work!
While I dabble in many media forms, I find myself usually returning to painting with acrylics, collage with hand-printed papers, acrylic skins, and now cyanotypes. I love how I can get these different processes to work well together while still maintaining their uniqueness.
Family and Home
It is very rare for me to have time in my studio completely alone. One of my three kiddos is usually wanting to "help" me with whatever I'm working on, or he/she is trying to kick me out so they can make their own masterpieces! Our oldest child starting going to a collaborative school this year which means that for two days a week she goes to class with fellow students and for two days she does lessons at home with me. My husband and I got married back in 2009 and are still so happy that we did! We like to be outside, eat delish food, and drink craft beer on our weekly date night.