I am a collector. Which, I guess, is one of the major requirements for someone who works in mixed media, using "found" materials. I also use traditional artist's materials, such as acrylic and oil paints, gouache and watercolors, and colored pencils. My real fascination is with the imaginative or unusual juxtaposition of textures, patterns, and colors which help to create interesting, and, sometimes, surprising visual relationships, or "connections," in my work. I am constantly picking up things which I find interesting that are laying on the ground: scraps of paper or cardboard; old washers; rusty pieces of metal; old wood with faded, cracked, or chipped paint; buttons; objects flattened by traffic; etc. Each of these objects has individual surface characteristics, or textures, based on where it has been, and what has happened to it. I'm particularly interested in objects which bear marks left by both man and nature. In my work, I attempt to use the visual relationships mentioned above, to create a new "aesthetic" for these "castoffs," so that people may view them in a new way.
As a real "junk addict" I tend to find usable ephemera, from a variety of sources, practically everywhere I look: city streets and parking lots, house and other building demolition sites, abandoned buildings, local beaches, and "vacant" lots. (A favorite material of mine is the layered billboard advertisements that can sometimes be found in rain-soaked heaps, beneath the billboards from which they have fallen.) I also love ... Read More