I have been an avid bird watcher and hiker for many years. My artwork reflects the joy I experience in nature and my spiritual journey through nature. I have been inspired by many artists, most notably the collages of Matisse, the watercolors of Audubon, the colorful mosaics and paintings of Klimt and the sense of self and purpose of O’Keeffe.
My artistic process is unique. I use paper and a clear acrylic glue to create my work. I do not use paint - the colors and textures and patterns of the papers form my work. I use many layers, sometimes 15-20 different layers, to achieve the effects I am seeking. The finished work often has a bas-relief and a texture that is not evident from digitized images. The papers come from around the world, such as mulberry based papers from India, China, Japan and Nepal. My favorite papers are the beautiful Japanese washi / origami papers. I also favor colorful book binding papers from Italy, as well as the textured fibrous papers from Mexico. I have been working in this medium for over 20 years, and it has taken me these many years to master the process.