University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2006 Beijing, China
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS
2005 Hickory Museum of Art
2006 Geneva, Switzerland
Workshops, Mixed Media, Hickory, NC (annually)
2006 Art in the 21st Century, Seoul, Korea, panel member
Most of my exhibits consist of mixed media paintings or in some cases, multi-media. The object is to emphasize creativity using several different mediums to achieve my objective which is to give my viewers something different to look at and think about.
Creativity is the power to create, to cause to come into being. A created thing is unique, brought into being by imagination and using unusual techniques and ideas. In my work I try to avoid the commomplace, routine or ordinary. My way of doing this is to use materials not usually used by other artists or by using materials in an unusual way. Such as thin silk fabric, hand painted, inked or dyed myself, different papers I paint myself and anything I can use to embellish the surface of the support I choose, like gels, gesso, organic objects or anything that will make a mark or design and at the same time be archival. I dearly love tactile surfaces!
Creativity is a vital and happy part of my life! I have found that in creating my expressionistic or abstract paintings I am forced to let my imagination have full rein. I must make what if an important part of my creative process yet not let the process itself take over. Sometimes all it takes to start the creative process going is a word, the sound of music, a sight I see, or something someone says and I am off into a world of my own. Sometimes the most obscure thought can send me on an imaginative exploration which results in losing myself in my work. It is when I am lost in my work that I begin to make marks that mean nothing but come from deep within my soul. The joy that comes from such an endeavor is the most sustaining influence in my life and is what I consider making art to be!
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