Do you have one piece that you are most proud of, and why?
It's either the Koi fish or the latest piece I've done. The Koi fish is my logo and what started it all, when what I'd been working toward clicked. I'm proud of each latest piece, as I strive to make each piece better than the last. I use what I know from all the past pieces and improve on that for the next. So, the latest piece is a culmination.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
The animals I choose just due to my love of creatures. Inspiration is in the patterns and colors I'm drawn to. I find my patterns in Nature, the Arts and Crafts movement, designs and philosophy, and Asian Art (Arabic, Muslim, Indian, Japanese and Chinese.) I'm an avid park lover, I try to do a walk a day in nature. I see patterns all over on my walks, and study how they interact. I grew up going to the Tuxedo Park School in NY. Many of the homes there were designed in the Arts and Crafts Style. I fell in love at an early age. Later, I lived near Rose Valley, PA, and befriended a relative of the A&C architect Will Price. With her, I studied the tenants and art of the movement, as well as the lifestyle teachings. I was even a member of the Rose Valley Museum board for a few years. The pattern design, which often references nature, combined with the respect of workmanship/enjoyment of craft heavily influences my art. Sometimes I research patterns online and in books. Classic Asian Art often has pattern, again, derived from abstractions of nature. I look to the old masters to learn and challenge myself. I study the use of line, color and forms by doing small searches daily. Constant research does more than intermittent.
What started you on this artistic endeavor?
Surprisingly, it was digital work. Having originally studied oil painting, I took a break and to try photography. I ended up photographing all the patterns I saw. Then, I would combine them in photoshop. That led to painting patterns by hand and then learning to combine the photographic and painted patterns seamlessly into an artwork. From there, I realized I needed to simplify the composition in order to have the pattern be the most appreciated element. Eventually, I came back to just painting, but using gouache and what I had learned working on the digital pieces.
What is your favorite part of your artistic process?
After all the larger painted areas are complete, I like to "play" with the details. I also prefer to work with Asian brushes.
When I grow up I want to … have a balanced and fortunate life.
Where did you learn your craft / art? Happily, I was contacted!
If you were magically given 3 more hours each day - what would you do with them? I'd probably try my hands at some pottery in theme with my current work.