Size: 39"W x 61"H x 0.1"D
Sometimes a girl just needs to paint. Abstract backgrounds are a key part of my mixed media work and painting is my first love so why not take my distinctive urban look to the next level. Inspired by urban graffiti, the patinated walls of abandoned buildings and even my paint-splattered studio floor, this painting on unstretched canvas measures approximately 39 x 61 inches (with an additional 2" border all around so it can hang as-is or it can be professionally stretched). Each piece is created by applying many layers of paint which I hand distress by sanding, scraping and rubbing, Then I paint again. The process is very physical and at times I look like I am playing a solo version of Twister or practicing a particularly torturous method of yoga, but it's worth it...I love the results.
Don’t you love the excitement of seeing a place for the first time? Your heart beats faster as you see the faded glory of Old Havana from inside a taxi and you can’t wait to hit the streets to explore. You can remember the first time you wandered around the Mission in San Francisco, lost in the maze of mural-covered alleys. It’s that sense of curiosity and a need for adventure that drive me creatively. And, since the city is my muse, I am constantly on the search for urban visual elements that inspire my work. Often incorporating original images with mixed materials, composition and color, I want to elevate fleeting moments and everyday experiences to emphasize what makes city life so unique. To create my mixed media work, I combine materials like original hand printed images of people and cityscapes with multiple layers of acrylic paint and often paper (or other found materials). The process of layering materials and then removal emulates the effects that inspire me – peeling paint, rust, graffiti, and decay – adding details that help tell our urban stories.