My process is called “collage painting”. Its development grew out of the three processes that I most loved to teach: painting, printmaking and fibers. I discovered that I didn’t want to sacrifice one process to concentrate solely on another. After much experimentation, I arrived at a process that can incorporate all three. Canvas yardage is painted and printed using inks, paints and block printing techniques. The painted and printed canvas is cut and collaged on top of an image that has been drawn and painted. This process is very spontaneous and rarely re-created.
My mixed media work using paper is inspired by a love of color and pattern. About a year ago I decided to incorporate vintage paper, catalogs and books in mixed media paintings as additional sources of repeated patterns and levels of color that would be impossible to recreate using only paint and ink. The addition of occasional text is a random bonus. Once in a while a word or phrase finds its way in to a painting reinforcing the message of the piece. Sometimes it will inspire a title. The use of paper serves the purpose of adding color and texture to a painting and supports the spontaneity of the piece. The flurry of activity that results is a final piece that is active, vibrant and unexpected. The resulting work also pays homage to the designers who created the patterns of the fashions being advertised and the graphic designers who spend hours putting the images on the pages together. It’s a way of recognizing their work as well as complimenting her own. It is recycling in the best possible way.