The Art Of Texture
I prefer mixed media compositions using assemblage to create 2-dimensional textures. I use several methods to build the image including collage, impasto, and found art, primarily painting with acrylics. I often cut, stamp, carve, mix and or layer organic and inorganic materials into the composition. I have created several pieces using crepe myrtle bark. To utilize crepe myrtle bark into some of my compositions I must first boil the bark to make it more pliable. I then dry it for several days between two pieces of plywood panels. I also use actual insects and plant matter in some of my compositions. Each composition is unique and printed copies only reduce them to 1-dimensional flat work. Inspiration and influence for my subject matter is derived from many sources; cultural exchanges, research, and travel. There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). My art is simply a reinterpretation of things that are seen. With art the viewer may extract something philosophical, symbolic, or aesthetically pleasing, with or without artist elaboration.
My approach to photography is much like painting. I like to use alternative printing processes, materials, and techniques that create interesting compositions with light. Alternative Processes have limitless possibilities for hands on image manipulation from a single negative. Other techniques include pin hole and photogram. Photogram is a simple process of creating silver based print images by laying objects on top of photographic paper and then exposing it to light. However, the variations and possibilities seem limited only by my imagination.