Abstract Acrylic Mixed Media Artist
The best thing ever, is getting messy with my paint but at the same time, I love experimenting with all mediums. My go to is acrylic mixed media. There is nothing like building up each layer with thick paint and slicing into it with a hunk of charcoal pencil. After that, building detail with water soluble pencils and smudging it around with acrylic paint is beyond satisfying to me. One of my favorite tools is a nail because it scratches the surface just right. At times, for dramatic effects I'll add medium compound to build up the texture even more.
A lot of my paintings are abstract but I'm drawn to birds and flowers as well. I enjoy painting them in random ways, within unexpected settings. No matter what my subject is, my paintings are each intuitively led. More importantly, I go by the feeling in my gut...I just know when I know. The canvas speaks to me and guides my brush. It's like a dance and I just move with the music.
My biggest influences for my paintings are from growing up at the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, in the small town of West Yellowstone.
My house sat next to the park boundary line and I spent my days wandering through the woods exploring. Those days from my childhood are reflected in my paintings through texture. My process I use to build up layers of paint to achieve various textures are inspired by the Rocky Mountains. Things like pine trees with their rough bark and oozing sap, pine needles laying like a blanket covering the dry rocky soil or mountainous landscapes cutting in and out of tree lines revealing deep, rich colors, along with extreme textures from the rocky terrain. Wildflowers blooming in unexpected settings provided beautiful pops of bright colors.
Have you ever been to Yellowstone? If you have, then you've seen the geysers. The 3 mile boardwalk looping around Old Faithful will draw you in. If you study the geysers with their crusted edges and bright rusty reds + yellows + even brown butting up to the most brilliant blues + greens, you would understand how majestic the setting is. Of course different times of day provide different moods due to lighting. It always makes me think of Monet's theory on light source. Thomas Moran followed Monet's light theory by capturing the majestic views of Yellowstone in different lighting, hence the name Yellowstone. These specific geysers were 30 miles from my home. I spent a lot of time daydreaming with these geysers. Nature definitely influences my art.
You can learn more about my story in the “Journal” section where I blog some of my latest shenanigans. This is where you can read about my Lupus diagnosis, Journal post "So Here It Is". I have also started a Podcast called An Artful Escape. Each episode is around 10 min...short and sweet. Just talking art and memories of Yellowstone.
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