Re-cycle, Re-purpose, Re-use
My grandparents recycled metal cans and food scraps went to the garden.
When I was in high school and college, I would “dumpster dive” and find hidden cast off treasures for my art projects.
OK, let's be honest, I still do it!
I love old paper scraps, food wrappers, ticket stubs etceteras.
I was a child of the late sixties and seventies, we were taught not to litter.
Those chunks of found things ending up in my pockets from my daily travels, migrated into my work.
These days I am concerned about reflecting the environment.
Landscape based images - I call them "land-escapes", are an endless source for me.
I have several pieces looking out my window seeing what the Pacific Northwest has provided for me.
If that doesn't create a spark, my crazy artist brain kicks in and I go to my "escape" land.
When working on a piece I may have a goal in my head but I enjoy that surprise or “ah-ha” moment when the work dictates what it needs from me.
Although trained traditionally, I have enjoyed using my computer and now iPad, to work through some of my ideas more rapidly.
It lets me make alternate choices almost instantly. I enjoy the immediacy of drawing with my fingers and or stylus.
BUT, there is no substitute for good old hands-on substrate, and something to make a mark with!