When I think about my path as an artist, it feels like I'm on a hike—a long one. I start strong and energized, then slow down to look around, take a break for nourishment, leave the trail for a while and eventually find it again, continuing onward.
I've been a graphic designer, art director, creative director, mother (requiring the most creativity!), and am now a full-time artist/printmaker. I make art by merging photography with digital and traditional printmaking techniques. I'm drawn to landscapes, with or without human influence or structures, and to the natural world of flora and fauna. The wild, dark beauty of the Adirondack Mountains is an ongoing source of inspiration. A fleeting glimpse of a decaying barn or a ray of light in the woods stops me in my tracks. I'm also fascinated by the constant activity of creatures in my garden, the way a bee works a flower head or how a robin tends its nest. In my images, I create imaginary worlds based on what I've seen. I photograph dead birds and insects that I come upon outdoors and reanimate them in my work, bearing witness to their essential existence. Rich, brightly saturated colors belie themes of turmoil, abandonment, and possible danger in the everyday world. Yet this view is thru a glass half full. I hope to draw the viewer in, to give her a sense of having been in a place or to help him ponder what it might be like to see the world from a bird's eye view.
I work predominantly with my own photographs, keeping categorized digital files. Using Photoshop, I create digital collages, printing matrixes and plates. This part of the process is very neat and orderly. I also work with inks, transfer films, and pigments in a printmaking studio where I hand-pull my prints. This part of the process is much more messy and tactile. I love the smell of printing inks—and the full process of printmaking. It allows me to experiment with different layouts, combinations, and themes. I think in terms of layers, transparency, color blends, and the way the ink will sit on paper. I respect the degree of chance involved in the printmaking process; it requires thinking and planning, yet experimentation and risk are integral, filling me with anticipation each time I pull a print.