My creative process

I'm extremely passionate about taking what's in my head & heart, and expressing that boldly & vividly onto the canvas.
The very first painting medium I began working in a little over a decade ago was watercolor, and it will always be my first love. But like most creatives, I started feeling drawn to other mediums as a way to add variety & depth to my work.

(Being a middle child it's almost impossible for me to choose any one thing, especially in the realm of creativity. If you're a middle child, then you know that the feeling of being pulled in multiple directions is a thing. But I digress...)

I've also fallen madly in love with oil pastels, which are basically oil paint in stick form. The brand that I'm all dreamy over is made by the French company, Sennelier. Theirs were specifically formulated for Pablo Picasso himself "back in the day", and are so buttery they just glide across the canvas.

And for the last few years I've been experimenting with encaustic. For those of you who don't know, encaustic is a mixture of melted beeswax & tree resin. The hot, melted wax mixture is applied to any porous surface (typically, but not limited to, a wood panel), and then manipulated with various tools to provide texture, interest & color.

Who knows what's yet to come!

As for the subject of my art...

My inspiration normally comes from the places I've discovered, and the sights I've seen along the way. Sometimes it's an architectural detail I fell in love with while strolling in a beautiful city, or something colorful I've come across while walking in the woods, on the beach, or in a botanical garden.

Once I've captured this image either in my mind's eye, or with a sketch &/or camera, I then go back to the studio and attempt to re-create that powerful emotion I felt at first glance.

I rely on many different creative devices to help capture this emotion. These include using bold color, high contrast, zooming in close, using a unique angle &/or adding visual texture ... among others.

But no matter what methods I choose to help tell my story, what I attempt to express is how the subject made me FEEL when I first laid eyes on it ... and that's something only the heart can translate onto the canvas.

My "visual renderings" began around the turn of the century, but it's hard to pin down exactly when my inner artist started surfacing.

Perhaps she's been with me all along.

But that doesn't matter too much, does it?

Hopefully what really matters, is taking the essence of what's floating in one's head & in one's heart, and making it manifest.

So that's what I'm doing, one painting at a time.

My mantra ... baby steps, baby steps.

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