I’ve been invited by Nancy Roberts to share in the fun of the “Blog Hop Around the World”.
By posting the answers to the following four questions as well as inviting two other artists to do the same, the “hop” will continue its way, winding through artist communities worldwide.
1. What am I working on?
As always, I’m working on a number of diverse projects. Top priority is to translate the inspiration of Utilities Covers and Road Art into paint and collage. My awareness of the exquisite geometry in Metal plates providing access to arteries of cities and town began two years ago in Mountain View, California. I now have a collection of over six thousand photographs of Road/Street Art from around the world. This month marks the first stage of translating photo inspiration into graphic expression.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
To be honest, I’m not sure what genre this falls into. I find beauty in the ordinary, often overlooked objects that are part of daily life. Geometry is the bases for both the arts and the sciences. Abstract shapes, when pieced together, create the illusion of what we refer to as realism. My work calls attention to the rhythms, textures and movement of shapes through space both on paper or canvas and in our daily, 3D environment.
3. Why do I create what I do?
Sharing my experience of life through art is my contribution to life. If I can show beauty where beauty is hidden, I have awakened an awareness that will find beauty in other places and share that beauty with others. The sharing grows exponentially and nurtures curiosity and wonder.
4. How does my creative process work?
The process is always evolving. I often work abstractly and intuitively in the studio. When I travel, I work with ink pen and watercolor, sketching throughout the day in restaurants, parks, trains, museums, etc. Wherever I am, I begin each day with a morning sketch of whatever is in front of me. Ideas that evolve into a series of paintings develop over months or years. Jumping back and forth between media keeps my brain from working on automatic pilot. Most of my inspiration comes from patterns of shapes rather than “subject”.
I can’t imagine a richer life than that of an artist.