"My painting style could be described as neo-Dada surreal pop cartoon. I enjoy creating pieces that inhabit the space several doors past mildly absurd, that invite the viewer to temporarily abandon decorum and expectation. I find the freedom I crave in this approach to say anything and everything, or nothing at all loudly, often within the same piece. I work primarily in acrylic on wood I cut out with jigsaw, to make paintings, mural components and furniture. I also work on canvas and paper. (I do adore the Space Needle, though I also enjoy placing it in ridiculous artistic peril.)
Art for me is an extension of my arms and legs. A juxtaposition of objects or an unusual shape is what usually starts my wheels turning. I tend to be initially inspired by the visual, shape and color; meanings usually surface to me later, but occasionally the reverse happens. I'm drawn to curving lines, bright colors, sparkly, shiny things which I collect and hoard in my nest...
I dream about paint*; my sketchbook sleeps beside the bed. Often I find inspiration in the tools themselves; jigsaw, sanders, brushes, airbrush, and hand tools. I love when a piece is about two-thirds done, as it turns that corner from materials to art.
One of my favorite pictures is of Alexander Calder in his cluttered studio, surrounded by bits and pieces of things, raw materials oozing with ideas. What really makes me giddy is to find out that something I've done has planted a seed, inspired someone else to explore a new direction or lit a spark in their imagination. That's what art is about, to me; exponential possibilities.
In addition to painting, illustration, murals, glass mosaic and other public art, currently I am enjoying furniture design/construction and silversmithing."
*I tried dreaming about the jigsaw, but it kept waking me up.