My artwork grows from ordinary past experiences and former daily life. To create art around these subjects, I tap into memories and I work from old black and white family photos and cherished artifacts. Strolling on a Sunday afternoon, gardening, dancing, and baking bread—portraits of simple people doing simple everyday things—those are my subjects.
Along with family, much of my art is influenced by my mother’s and my grandmother’s love of flowers and gardening. Usually, everything grew wild and was rarely manicured. The memories of hollyhocks and tiger lilies, vegetables and the grape arbor in her back yard often make their way to my art.
Many of my watercolor paintings typically begin with yupo paper (a plastic paper) and misking fluid; thus, areas of my sketch where I want to accentuate light or lines, are preserved under the misk. Next, I apply the paint with a small foam roller. In addition, to the roller, I might use a credit card, comb, dish scrubbing pad or some other implement that causes texture. Although I use a brush from time to time, I usually roll the watercolor on quickly and loosely from all directions with energy and spontaneity.
Besides working with watercolor, I do drawings with charcoal and ink or I paint with acrylic or oil paint. Moreover, wool, silk and cotton fabric all make up some of my selected media. I particularly like to wet felt wool (wet felt wool is also called laminate or Nuno felting with pieces of silk). I also enjoy sewing.
Regardless of the selected medium or the chosen subject, my work values the recollections that I have of my family and all those childhood years that I spent with them. Mom, Dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the memories—they are all part of what I capture with my art.
TIME, THINK, TRAVEL: Capstone Exhibition.
Associate of Fine Arts Capstone Exhibition
Westmoreland County Community College
April 12, 2018
Photo Credit to Savannah Butler and Savvyshots Photography