Drawing | Mixed Media
Here are a variety of drawings studying human proportions, movement and shadows, creating still life drawings of organic objects with charcoal and colored pencils on toned paper, and applying abstract colors to landscapes on watercolor grounds with pastels.
This series of monotype prints was made with oil based inks experimenting with viscosity. The images were created by drawing directly onto the surface of a piece of plexi glass with a Q-tip and oil. Ink was then rolled over the image with a brayer which picked up and transferred the drawing onto other areas of my composition.
My compositions were inspired by my fascination of seahorses. It is a motif I like to explore in a variety of media. They are truly magical and elusive creatures and I tried to represent those qualities with the unpredictable nature of viscosity printing.
In the beginning, my watercolor paintings were studies of color and the interesting organic forms of frogs which led to developing an awareness of composition with a variety of subject matter. I am now developing a series of abstract paintings of still life objects and experimenting with acrylic paints using mostly a palette knife and sometimes integrating collage materials. Recently, I took a painting class in portraiture to continue my practice with oil paints and learned how to portray people with a variety of color palettes to represent different skin tones.
Niki de Saint Phalle's larger than life sculptures of women the "Nana" series inspired me to create my own "Nana". My fascination with Mexico's most important holiday, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead and my collection of the papier mache skeletons led me to create my own calaca of Leroi Moore, an incredible musician from the Dave Matthews Band who unexpectedly passed away. What I love about the "Nanas" and the Day of the Dead papier mache skeletons is that they both celebrate and honor life instead of mourning it
There are also examples of earlier work when I threw clay on a wheel and experimented with mixing my own glazes and rapid firing with flames in a trash can with unexpected flashes of metallic color and slow firing with organic materials in a clay vessel for smokier effects.