In my recent work, I have been experimenting with the use of pattern to create interesting spaces within found reproductions of landscapes. I think of this work as a type of collaboration with the art that is already made. I collect the landscapes from used calendars, thrift-store art, and other forgotten sources. I use my decorative painting techniques to highlight interesting aspects of the landscapes, and breathe new life into the space. I want to create a new appreciation for the art that is no longer being valued.
With Valentine’s Day having been last week, I’ve been inspired to profess my love… for acrylic paint! Just between us, I love it so much that it is the only paint I use for my illustrations. But when there are so many other options out there for painting, I have become compelled to tell everyone why I think they are so great! So here I present to you my top ten reasons why I love acrylic paint, along with some snapshots from my studio:
Sometimes I find it hard to make work. I’m not always sure where I’m going with my ideas, or what I’m really saying in my paintings. In those times, it helps to reflect on my artist’s statement; because, while an artist’s statement describes the work, sometimes perfecting the statement can help solidify the artistic process…
I find inspiration in making people happy – I enjoy making people smile when they see my work. As an artist, I am involved in the local community because I value the relevance of my art in the lives of regular people. Through this community-based influence, I want to bring a sense of joy and hopefulness to my audience. I want my viewer to feel an inquisitive interest in the everyday, and find whimsy in unexpected places. The focus of my work ranges from easily palatable subjects such as the curious nature of fruits and veggies, to more heavy topics such as environmental consensus and the ethical treatment of livestock. Even with this range of subject matter, I instill in my work a playfulness that can be enjoyed by the child at heart. My illustrations have an indie craft fair lightness, with a Works Progress Administration tone and temperament. It is a very precise and considered rhetoric that allows my audience to find meaning on multiple levels of observation. Whether it is through small-scale hand-held totems, detailed illustrations, or meticulously considered paintings, I find that these works allow me to convey a sense of wonder and fascination to the audience – allowing the viewer to get lost in a curious and imaginative world and develop a deeper appreciation for my subject matter.
It has been about a month since I have begun this painting, but I am extremely happy to announce that I am finally finished painting this lovely little garden!!
I think about food a lot. I mean, who doesn’t? Food is the best! But in such a fast paced world, sometimes it’s discomforting to think about it too much. When you really ponder questions like, “Where does my food come from?”, “Who makes my food?”, “What is really in my food?”, “How long as this been packaged before I put it into my mouth?”, it can make a lot of what the average person eats seem really unappetizing.