"Every piece I make is born from a whole lot of joy, sweat, grit, hundreds of hours of trial and error, play, fear, doubt, grace, faith, strength and a relentless love of creating."
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A LITTLE VISUAL CANDY
My process is very intuitive. I start by feeding my head. Looking at the world around me for inspiration. I love design and fashion blogs. I'm obsessed with the visual candy of Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr. There is beauty everywhere. My work is influenced by color and pattern in the natural world and in the commercial world. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of an agate rock, the mix of color that randomly pops up on my Pinterest board, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses.
RECENT INSPIRATION FROM PINTEREST
AN EXPLORATION OF SHAPES, COLORS AND TEXTURES
It is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment. I'm very inspired by the symmetry in nature - both the visual and the metaphorical - and I often incorporate the technique of folding the rice paper in half and letting the paint bleed through to the other side, creating a mirrored effect to my work.
Capturing the beauty and magic that surrounds us
I know it's done when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often only comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what's on the other side of this world. The something more we feel ourselves longing for. For me, making art is to touch the divine. The hidden force that turns a nut into a tree, makes your heart sing when your baby smiles, puts you at that exact spot that you hadn't planned on being at, right in front of your soulmate. There is magic and mystery all around us. Beauty everywhere. If we can just open our eyes and look. That's what I am trying to capture.
transforming art into unique pieces for the home
I firmly believe in the power of surrounding ourselves with beauty, which led me to create my line of pillows and textiles. All of the patterns on designs originate from my original artwork. My process involves scanning the original work using a powerful flatbed scanner and importing the image into Photoshop. From here a new process of intuition and play begins as I reflect and repeat different elements from my work, creating the vibrant patterns that are then printed on beautiful, luxurious linen. I love the effect of seeing the patterns transferred onto the linen...the nuances and natural texture of the fabric mimics the quality of the rice paper that I often create my works on paper on.
A CYCLE OF FEEDBACK, GIVING AND INSPIRATION
When you buy a piece of art, you're not just buying the work itself, but all of the passion and love that goes into creating each piece. The hours upon hours of experimentation and play that go into honing a style and fine-tuning a technique. The joy and wonder in observing the world around us and imagining what lies just on the other side. The power of finding your calling and bringing to life what only once existed in fantasy. To me there is nothing like creating art, and I hope that it brings to you even just a bit of the happiness it gives me in making it.
It is really important to me to be able to pay some of this happiness forward and do my part in helping to make this world a better place. That is why we donate 1% of all sales to Feed Projects, to assist in their amazing and generous work in combating world hunger. Know that a bit of your purchase will go toward supporting this wonderful cause.