I grew up in rural Maine where the weather and raw landscape made their impression on me and continue to be a source of inspiration. As a painter, freelance graphic designer, and full-time mom, I now live in Massachusetts with my husband, two girls, a nervous Bernese Mountain dog, a sassy calico cat, and a typical guinea pig.
When I'm making an abstract piece, on a good day, I try to start with a little prayer to quiet my mind. I usually go into the studio with something in my head--an image or an idea from my day--like the way the sun hit the grass on my walk that morning--then I start mixing colors, drawing, making marks and washes. After that, it's a restless process of opaque and transparent layering, wiping out, drawing over, and wiping out again... until the very end, when I make lots of quick decisions. The painting is done when I don't feel restless anymore.
I've started working on paper--watercolor paper, Yupo paper (which is really cool, everyone should try it--like painting on a combination of rubber and plastic) and mixed-media paper using gouache, pencil, gel pens, crayons, watercolor and acrylic. I've been making all kinds of "creatures" and inventions--inspired by patterns and textures of feathers, leaves, sun, shadows and whatever else catches my eye each morning. I feel like this is the kind of work I could do forever--it's not work, it's too fun!