I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to draw and paint and sculpt and design. My childhood was spent in “messing around” with whatever materials were at hand. The pleasure my creations brought to others was a happy surprise.
I wanted a career in art, but observation taught me that “real” art is supposed to be serious and difficult, for both artist and viewer. However, it’s not in my nature to create art that perturbs. Nor did I want to portray objects with photographic precision. I simply wanted to keep doing what I loved.
And what I loved was folk art! From ancient cave paintings to illuminated manuscripts to early American naive primitives, folk art is akin to the visions in my head since childhood. The methods and materials used in folk art appeal to me, too. As a kid, I loved playing in the creek, marking with creek-stones on rocks, amazed by their lovely colors. I didn’t know, then, that those were pigment stones – exactly what the first artists used to decorate their caves. I still love collecting them today.
The grinding and mixing involved in paint-making may seem troublesome, but I enjoy the process, with its smells of ancient Earth and rain. I like being able to choose from an endless collection of nature’s colors. Even within a single stone the color can vary, so it’s sometimes difficult to achieve uniformity. But I love the timeless look these paints give to my art.
In addition to watercolors, working with oils, gouache, pen and ink, markers, and even polymer clays, expands the scope of my art and lets me experiment with different techniques and styles.
My aim is to symbolize the playfulness, exuberance and infinite creativity of Nature. If the viewer senses a message of hope and delight, my aim will have found its mark.