I have been a mosaic artist and teacher for the past 17 years. Recently, I have been exploring watercolors and mixed media, where I have been able to use my extensive experience in color, texture and design in an exciting new way. Changes in my personal life have made me realize the need to alter the way I approach my creative practice. I hope that by retaining fluidity in my art-making, I can begin to express a revitalized confidence, joy and freedom. My pieces have become more than their physical lines and marks and now seem to represent what I need in my life: adventure, spontaneity, growth and the beauty in nature.
The subject matter of my current work is inspired by my long walks on the beaches of Cape Cod, collecting all kinds of sea life, shells, rocks and other treasures. I am especially drawn to horseshoe crabs, which I find fascinating. My research into this prehistoric species has uncovered many interesting facts that I’ve been able to incorporate into my paintings of them. For instance, a horseshoe crab’s blood is indigo blue, so I’ve used this color extensively in my depictions of them. Using watercolors and then embellishing them with acrylic paint markers, metallic foils and pen and ink, I am able to replicate their unique markings. There is a certain beauty in the life and death I see in nature on a daily basis.
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