My journey as an artist.
Every person wants to leave a legacy. I suppose that is what drives anyone who wants to communicate. So, after years of seeking and trying to find the perfect ‘vehicle’, my work has undergone many changes. I felt this was a perfect opportunity to show and explain from where I’ve come.
My early works were very tactile, fabric collages (using various fabrics of colors, textures, etc.) and that evolved into the painted, drawn and sewn images that I produced in the early 70’s. This gave way to my sabbatical (when my children were young and I kept a journal in lieu of art production) when I discovered a book on Japan and the kimono. I was fascinated and drawn to the images found on kimonos and the idea of really wearing your art. I did a great deal of ‘kimono’ inspired works during the 80’s.
Out of necessity, I encountered silk, and the dyes and resists used to paint upon this wonderful fabric. So, my work turned again, providing me with a perfect surface for drawing and painting in watercolor like washes. I also produced many wearable pieces at that time.
Still seeking the perfect way to feed my creative monster inside, I happened upon collage. I began to know my digital camera and the useful tool it could be and images from real time were mine to capture and hold. At this time, images from the past, of family and ancestors took on a whole new meaning and inspiration. I also began to really internalize and understand what the creative process was all about, for me. And I decided that the act of creating was what I sought. I no longer wanted to create ‘pretty’ pictures; I just had a serious need to create, in the manner of Jackson Pollack. Heavily immersing oneself in the act of creating…
So, I’ve found my nirvana. Random acts become small jewels that I spend time perusing and losing myself in; small random abstract pieces that I derive pleasure from creating although I still love to paint on silken surfaces as well. I’ve found my paradise.