Image means more to me than medium. Consequently, I have my hands in two worlds, “computer illustrations” and handwoven tapestries. When I create an image in either media, the work seems to come alive.
My computer illustrations are drawn with a mouse in Adobe Illustrator on my Macintosh computer and printed on my Epson inkjet printer. I use Epson’s high quality paper (which I am told has a clay base layer on top). After I produce the finished design on the computer, I spend a lot of time refining the color print to match the color on the design I desire. Color is important to me. The color glows on the Epson paper. The print has a rich, silk screen look to it which is very appealing.
Handwoven tapestry is very labor intensive and takes a long time to weave. As a result, my tapestries are usually in a more serious vein. To keep up with the designs in my head, with my actual work, I have started designing small format woven pieces. This direction has given me the ability to expand on themes and create work series. The work also has begun to incorporate more fun or lighter designs and the chance to explore color and pattern. The computer illustration work is melding into the tapestries.
In all my art, through the color or, in black and white, I hope to communicate an emotion or idea to the viewer. I try to put animals, however abstract, in their natural state. Such as, a frog is leaping, near water; a cat is a predator; an elephant is a huge animal that commands attention. I am drawn to woodcuts and lithography. Many of my designs reflect these interests.