Batik, silk scarves, oils
Welcome to my art.
I am mostly self-taught which only means I just played until I figured something out. My ongoing education in art takes place thru my own passion and pleasure in the exploration of creative processes.
Always excited by fiber arts and having been raised by a seamstress, I started working in batik on silk fabric over twenty five years ago. Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. It is this dance of control/no control that captivates me for hours. Through this ethereal quality, I try to convey the essence of a place and of the creatures who dwell there.
About 2 years ago I took a class on palette knife painting in oils. Thick textures and vibrant colors. A whole new world is now revealing itself to me thru this medium.
Last fall I discovered Eco-printing on silk scarves. This involves the use of natural dyes; local leaves of rose, eucalyptus, smoke bush, maple, and others; as well as iron and copper. Steaming extracts pigments and tannins from the leaves and prints them on the silk.
My inspiration comes mostly from the natural landscape that surrounds me at whatever place I am traveling through, working in, or residing at. My work as a field camp manager and cook around the state of Alaska allows me to experience wonderful, wild and remote places. I have been as far south as Antarctica as well. Like the cold, the beauty of Antarctica's changing light cuts deep to the bone.
Hours spent observing, then I go indoors and create. I like the movement of birds. So they come and go in my paintings.
And the stillness of trees.