My current style of artwork is not the style that I started with. I started out studying animals and drawing/painting as realistically as I could. When I went to study art in college, I shifted to painting things like this:
In 2012 something amazing happened. I was surfing the web for new ideas for my elementary art lessons when I came across a do-it-yourself stencil project of a bird on a branch with a collage of magazine pages in the background. This project inspired me to try mixed media collage, and led to my first painting in my current style of art:
So... What is my "WHY?"
I LOVE stories--particularly fiction/fantasy/fairytales because while they are not real events, many of the characters and situations resonate with real life truths and situations. The tradition of oral-storytelling particularly interests me--passing down history, events, and human truths through fictional characters and events; The act of story-telling IS a form of raw human creation. I enjoy folk art for that same reason--the raw/unrefined creations have a human touch that many fine art pieces are lacking.
My paintings capture fleeting moments of a story--just a snapshot. My work is not meant to tell a complete story, it is meant to encourage storytelling! It is my hope that viewers will be inspired to tell their own stories and find a connection with the story that a specific painting is telling. I frequently use text from old book pages in my work, as a connection to the written word. In addition to the storytelling aspect, it is my hope that my characters and colorful compositions bring JOY to those who are in need of a reminder of the beautiful and happy things in life.
May this weekend bring you inspiration and joy!