Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Creating Art from Junk. Or, "What the *&%?! will you do with that??"
Growing up in Nebraska, I was the kid with her pockets full of treasures collected along the way-- heart shaped stones, leaves and twigs, wild violets, paper gum wrappers in cool colors.
And now, I'm that adult.
When I see a paint encrusted door hinge, a musty old book or a craggy branch on the sidewalk, I see what it could be, not what it is. The excitement builds inside of me when I see the transformation from junk to art in my imagination. It's just the way my brain works.
That's how it was when I first started incorporating scraps of magazine pages into my art. I had saved a fragment of a magazine page torn from the middle of an image. I don't even remember what it was, it was so abstracted. I loved the texture and color of that random magazine page scrap so I created my own abstract painting around it.
As I continued to play with this idea, I started to move from solely abstract art to more figurative art. I began to form my own realistic images out of these bitty random scraps. Goldfinches, bluejays, ravens, all created from little scraps of recycled magazine pages and found scraps of paper, began to fill my canvases. The birds I loved as a child on my father's farm in Nebraska were coming to life.
It's been a long time since I was that treasure hunting child. But here's to hoping I never lose that childlike fascination with possibility and beauty in the ordinary.
"My art is crafted with pieces of recycled magazine pages, glue and acrylic paints. Whether large scale abstracts, or intimate portraits, these collages are then set into vintage books, onto canvases or board. I describe my style as contemporary fine art meets folk art tradition."