This is an attempt to give an introduction to my artwork and why I create art. However, it is more a series of thoughts than a complete explanation:
Because the process of creating art is so instinctive for me, it is hard to explain how I do it. When I am working, the analytical part of me and the intuitive part of me are both so engaged that it is hard to say where one starts and the other stops.
The Olympic runner Eric Liddell, once said something about why he ran that resonates with me as an artist. He said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure.”. When I exercise the artistic gifts God has given me, I feel his pleasure.
I am captivated by the impact colors have on each other. When I paint I work with layers of color, called glazes, so that the interplay between the layers creates a sense of luminosity and depth. This is a very time consuming process but it is the only way I have found to build the brilliance of color that is, to me, the thrill of painting.
Constructing three-dimensional work is intriguing to me in the same way the challenge of constructing a picture puzzle might be to someone else. The suspense of wondering how the pieces will come together and the problem of how to best maneuver the materials excited me.
Another art form I enjoy tremendously is teaching. I work as an art educator with a very diverse group of elementary school students from kindergarten through sixth grade. These students encourage me, challenge me, and entertain me as they experience creating art.
I am thankful to:
God for my artistic gifts.
My incredible family and some good friendswho have encouranged and challenged me.