Over the years, now decades!, my reasons for making art have changed entirely. My skill level, my subject matter and even my mediums have evolved from naive and explorative to honed and introspective. While colour choices in the past were driven by current trends in home decor, they now cast a mood, or feeling rather, over the entire painting. Photos and images previously chosen for their graphic impact on the canvas, now are carefully curated and often photographed by me, for their unique ability to "tell the story" without uttering one word. The addition of encaustic paints in my mixed media layers, adds a sense of history and muted-depth that, to-date, could only have been achieved with time.
The one constant and consistent aspect of art creation for me is best summed up in a quote by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a purpose and that's why I made works of art. ”. In summary, because I exist, and I am able, I make art because I have to: It is my life's current expression of itself where words seem to fail, and images speak louder and more clearly on my behalf. To appreciate my art is to really see me, and my gratitude for having been seen fuels the fire for the next expression and the next, and the next.