June 21, 2010

Few and far between

Let's do a quick update so I don't feel completely guilty about not posting lately.

We are getting settled into our house, slowly but surely, and the decorating/organizing parts are so enjoyable! Deciding what to keep, what to replace, etc. It's hard to NOT put up some artwork I already have done, but I want to come up with new pieces soon for the living room and bedroom. Most of the pieces I have framed and ready to go are from my senior thesis at Midland, and thus are TWO YEARS OLD ALREADY--much too old.

I have a second interview for a teller position tomorrow; depending on how this pursuit goes, I will be able to set up a meeting with the marketing director at the LUX Center for the Arts. I am very excited to get involved in the art community here in Lincoln, and there are many opportunities.

June 7, 2010

Artist Statement

I am honest in my work. I stay true to color; to form and the beauty of natural curves; and to the intricacies of texture. Every detail must remain intact to appreciate reality, even if the natural beauty is overwhelming due to its surreal characteristics.

The mind can capture and distort. The camera is reliable and true to each person’s perspective. I choose photography as a basis for my work (always with natural light, so nothing is forced). A photo reveals my design, my perspective. Then, when I choose the media, that too is my interpretation of the subject. There is the practical decision, based on the juxtaposition of dark and light; the need for blending or layering; the degree of vibrancy and definition. Then there is my emotional choice, which involves my enjoyment, my pleasure: watercolor is subtle, but with each fresh layer it becomes stronger. Time delivers a different outcome than one might expect, and I lead the piece to its finish.

My process when painting involves first analyzing the infinite amount of layers.
I decipher the best way to break down the complexity. A watercolor piece requires time to build, to develop with care. The process is one of patience, until the right moment comes along and the passion takes over. Then time means nothing. Yes, sometimes watercolor can be unforgiving. Other times, mistakes can almost be washed away. They may barely show through, but they are still there and make their marks. Watercolor is appropriate in nature. Nature provides beautiful results over time, like rings developing in a tree, or moss growing on a birdhouse. Just as the subject took time to become what it is, I must have the patience to provide a correct interpretation.

"Birdhouse"; Watercolor and Pencil; 2010