Whimsy and playfulness often find their way into my work. I like to create magical places, give viewers hints of further possibilities.
Many of these mixed media pieces all came out of a series of workshops I took with artist/teacher Michael Cutlip. Most are heavily textured with layers of paint and paper. There were no rules, boundaries, or requirements. I was encouraged to experiment and play. So I did.
I grew up in a suburb of Detroit when the area was booming. I created these highly textured surfaces by layering medium on boards; painting and digging into the surface with blades and other sharp tools. As I worked on the series, I realized the spaces were cities and towns I visited or lived as I was growing up--where I went to summer camp, the place I attended college, the sweet town where we vacationed as a family.