ABOUT MY FINE ART

ART DESCRIPTION

The inspiration for my abstract art has two components; a reflection of things seen, heard, felt and thought about, every day. And another element that I think is due to the fact that I am an accidental immigrant. My US born/NZ raised husband and I left New Zealand many years ago for a trip around the world. Our first stop was San Francisco. Then we moved to Portland, Oregon. Then, we never left. It wasn’t on purpose, it just turned out that way. 

I have discovered, being an immigrant, regardless of the reason for your move, puts you in a sort of limbo. You are never again entirely home. You are neither entirely here nor there. You are never sure you fully understand what you are seeing or hearing because maybe you missed a vital experience that happened when you were in the other place which would provide critical context.

I think my art reflects that. Mixed-media aside – there is always some sort of mash up; large bold shapes and tiny scribbly lines, blocks of dominant color and specks of contrast, clean edges and smudged overlays. It’s as though I am positive about some of the elements but others are mere educated guesses. In the end, this creates a level of tension, perhaps even, confusion. Hopefully it also makes the work more interesting because things are not exactly as they first appear.


ART TECHNIQUE

I am a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums; acrylic paint, textile collage, wax pencil, wax pastel, ink and graphite, to name a few.

Recently I discovered the terms Resist Art and Sgrafitto. I think that is what I do. I use tape and sticky vinyl to define shapes (Resist Art) and I use various sharp implements to scrape back top layers to reveal what is underneath (Sgrafitto). I also like to layer using a manual transfer method; I build up the pigment on a piece of baking paper, then use a rounded metal tool to transfer the pigment onto another color on the work in progress. It is a great way to get a washed-out antique-ish line of lighter pigment onto dark pigment. Loads and loads of smudging and blending goes on, whatever else is happening. Anyway, I am perpetually playing around with new techniques that I think up in the middle of the night or trip over by mistake.


BLIND INSECT GALLERY
2841 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211971-269-6302 info@blindinsect.com

Art as Power Group Show
In gallery and on-line December 9-January 25, 2021-2022

Permanent Collection Contributor April 2022 –

Featured Artist Mutable Collection May 26 – June 28th, 2022

GALLERY 114
1100 NW Glisan St, Portland OR 97209 503-243-3356

Is it Done Yet? Juried Exhibit June 2 – 26

OREGON SOCIETY OF ARTISTS
185 S.W. Park Place, Portland, OR 97205 503-228-0706 info@osartists.org

Oregon Society of Artists and PAM Docents Group Show
In gallery January 6-26, 2022
On-line January 7-February 28, 2022

Oregon Society of Artists Water Media Juried Show
Gallery Show: March 3 – March 30
Online Show: March 4 – May 4

Rose Festival Juried Show
Gallery Show: June 2-29
Online Show: June 3 – Aug 3

2022 EDMOND’S ART FESTIVAL JURIED GALLERY ARTS
700 Main Street Edmonds, WA http://www.edmondsartsfestival.com/

Juried Gallery Arts Show: June 17 – 19

SALEM JURIED ART FAIR AND FESTIVAL

July 15 – 17, 2022 Bush’s Pasture Park Salem Oregon

ART AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON TRiCERA