My works are a representation of growth. Interpreting the fascinating consistency of botanical growth, the expressive characteristics natural forms exude and their relatable qualities. Comparable to people, plants are intriguing and complicated. They’re always in a state of evolution, either becoming weaker or stronger. Likewise we as humans continue to change. For instance, one becomes sicker, healthier, happier or depressed etc. Attempting to create work that blurs the lines between the underground roots (inner self) and the above ground beautiful leaves (outside appearance).
My process involves many hours making numerous watermedia paintings and encaustic monotypes. Encaustic paint (hot wax) is directly applied onto an anodized aluminum plate heated on an electric griddle. A print is then pulled from it. Each monotype provides a sense of movement. Simultaneously, layers of watered down acrylic, gouache, ink and watercolors are poured on papers and plastic sheeting generating depth but also unplanned natural markings. Pieces of these monotype and papers are collaged with ink drawings and patterned textiles creating a whimsical and lush abstractions. I strive for strong textural contrasts reflective of the various surfaces found in nature and the differences in people.