I am an artist that uses industrial and recyclable materials to create artwork that is considered mixed media. Paints, papers, and metal become expressive parts of the overall project. My work is of the abstract genre and becomes fluid as it is conceived. The work focuses on canvas being the base, but I branch out to sculpture pieces as well. I have multiple sclerosis (MS) which can create a challenge physically creating the work. The process of thinking out a project to physically creating allows an outlet for physical, mental, and cognitive therapy in living with MS.
The works that represent the circle express a beginning, ending, and completion of all things in life. Love, heartache, memories, and faith all come full circle to make us who we are. The soul is a circle that either grows outward or inward based on life experiences. The artworks invite the viewer into the world of the wife of a disabled veteran raising six children while living with MS, maintaining their faith and life circle throughout the journey. Depth and texture in the works pull the observer into the painting creating a wave of emotions as they explore the depth and textures that stir memories and connections in their own life circle experiences. Organic shapes help with the depth and flow of my work. We cannot be circumspect in this rawness of feelings but must embrace the pieces and let the tears flow or the laughter burst from our bliss.
Secret messages to my husband also create interesting adventures for the viewer as they try to understand a complicated and faithful love story. The entire collection ties together circles, but moods and feelings change with each piece due to colors, sizes of canvas, and materials involved in the artistic process.
The Grief project is 12 separate 12 inch by 12 inch canvases each painted and constructed with unique materials such as safety pins, nails, chicken wire, paper, lace, floral wire, yarn, pom poms, beads and salt. They are not named but come with 12 vocabulary words that come from the grief process. The viewer then matches the words to the painting that represents that to them. The grief process is different for everyone, so I did not want to impose my feelings on the viewer but wanted them to convey their own emotions to connect with the piece. The words are: dysthymia, repudiation, credence, amelioration, aggro, perturbation, tribulation, vexation, hope, love, woe, and void.
The second large piece is 100 4inch by 4inch photos framed in black frames. They are called “The Car Wash Meditations” because when I needed a mental break, I would go to the car wash for ten minutes of quiet time, thus I saw the art within the scope of the carwash cycles. I have been taking photos in different car washes and thus evolved the project.