Being born in Germany and living there for the first nine years of my life gave me an open view of the world. I knew at an early age we weren't the same and as I grew older, I embraced my differences. This attitude is reflected in my work.
I am lucky enough to have been born with the joy gene. Most of the time I am in a happy state of mind and this is also reflected in my work. I am drawn to beautiful color combinations and prefer to paint and create images that bring a sense of peace, beauty and calm.
As a non-traditional artist, I look for non-traditional materials to add to my work such as joint compound for heavy textures, organic items to use for mark making, like a loofah, cut into medallions, then pressed into wet paint or other texturizing materials.
I hand stain all my papers or I let nature do it for me by taking bleeding tissue papers and putting them into a net, with other materials, like tea bags, newspapers, music sheets, and hang it outside for a month or two, letting the weather "paint" the papers with rain and wind.
I deplore wasting paint, so I have developed what I call floor art and news art. To make floor art, I lay down a piece of rosin paper, and any left over acrylic paint, I throw, splash, or scrape on the paper at the end of a session. I do this until I have covered the entire surface with multiple layers of paint. A sheet will stay on the floor for several months before I roll it up and put down a fresh one. I have created some of my most interesting papers this way.
When I am working with acrylics, I usually have a German newspaper under my art work and I use it as a color testing palette. After the sheet of paper is filled with layers and layers of paint, I use it in my collages.
One of the things I enjoy about mixed media, anything goes. The ability to take risks on the canvas is liberating and joyful.