Someone asked me recently, "What kind of art do you do?" Hmmmm. I said well, "You might look at my artwork and think who are all these different artists? Not many, just one...me! It is not the idea of perfecting one style, one technique. It is curiosity and experimenting.....what if? what if I add this to that, or try this technique along with another. It is a constant exchange of ideas and techniques within my head that somehow translate into an expression of what I am seeing or feeling....it is basically soul art! And using these same ideas and techniques I access my creative spirit. And along the same lines, the mediums and substrates that I use for a particular piece of work is dependent on what my message is and how best to express it. It could be acrylic, collage, acrylic AND collage, watercolors, pastels, clay. Whichever medium best suits my message is what I use.
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The Wisdom of Art and Soul Art are an exploration of the wisdom of art that is continually being presented to me through my soul art process. There are times I’m working on something and I think who did this. The many layers on the canvas of paint and texture and decorative papers, lines and splatters and markings reveal to me a story. A message...a piece of wisdom. It seems only the material knows what it wants to say and I am just the facilitator. The inspirations afforded me in my daily life make their way to reveal something different from when I set out. Could it be the hand of the spirits guiding me? Something internal chooses the subject matter, the color palette or the texture. The technique varies from one learned technique to the next, or two or three on one canvas. It def has a mind of its own that paintbrush. It tells its own story.
The Nesting series... For some time now I have found myself including bird's nests in my artwork. I assumed the obvious being looking forward to spring, sunny skies, warm breezes and renewal that comes along with the season. But in further reflection I have come to realize it wasn't just the average symbolic "nest". it stood for something deeper. "Nesting"...as one writer put it... a means of turning a living space into a place of comfort, belonging and physical and emotional stability. The dictionary used synonyms such as solitude, privacy, sanctuary, haven and spiritual renewal.