I absolutely Love creating. It excites me, energizes me and makes me happy beyond measure.
Whether it is creating in clay, on canvas or through a lens, I strive to convey my Inspiration & Joy
It wasn't always this way.
Learning the rules of drawing, composition, and sculpture, were most definitely very important.
After quite a long while, through the wisdom & insights of my then, young children, I allowed myself to be "free".
I no longer strove to "get it right", as in a landscape, still life, or throwing a bowl on a potters wheel.
I now created my own compositions from absolutely no frame of reference...virtually from nothing.
Watching colors ebb & flow, when I paint, is akin to magic.
I allow the paint to interact. After "playing" comes work--- the difficult decisions of what sections to reign in, and what to exemplify, all to create an exciting & balanced composition
Creating with clay is totally different & yet similar
With clay, while trying to create something unique that will get the viewers' juices flowing, considering the structural integrity of the material is paramount.
Otherwise, the piece could crack or in dramatic cases, completely blow up in the kiln.
Because I also love to garden, which in itself is like creating a living work of art, many of my photographs are of flowers, but usually not "sweet". Sensuous, dramatic, yes.... but not sweet I don't do sweet!
Most of my photographs are of "familiar" objects, created in a way as to appear abstract----water is a favorite, as are reflections, minerals and almost anything that catches my eye!
Creating something from nothing is akin to creating a puzzle, and frankly, puzzles drive me crazy!
But creating my own via my art is totally the opposite.
Frankly, it takes a special person to appreciate abstract art.
Recognizing what one is viewing provides a sort of comfort.
Abstract art is more visceral. Among other things, it can stimulate emotions and problem solve, as well as inspire.
Truthfully, my own parents did not "get" what I do, and that was difficult to say the least. The reactions of friends when I finally allowed my work to be seen was affirming.
Total strangers who react with relaxed body language, beatific smiles, or the hope that my creations will help their bout with mental illness, consistently fills me with a sense of purpose as well as Joy that I am doing something positive with my life.
Enhancing creativity & imagination in others is part of my "mission".
Making my sculptures interesting from all sides, designing my paintings, as well as many of my photographs, to be turned multiple ways, provide the possibility to enhance & stimulate all who enjoy my creations.