Size: 12"W x 10"H x 0.02"D
Year Created: 2018
The reason I chose the title for this piece was to clarify the perspective of the piece; the viewer is looking down at the water while the leaves are floating on and semi-submerged in the water.
I created this piece shortly after college, 2002, at a time when I was beginning the need to balance work and art.
My inspiration in creating this piece was initially a postcard I had seen that showed a similar scene. I developed the idea by exaggerating it and the colors. The light is reflecting the blue sky, which contrasts with the colorful leaves as they balance on the water, some lost their balance and fell in.
I didn't realize, at the time, the symbolism of this piece. It was through the process and my contemplation of it that I realized that it symbolizes my, and all artists for that matter, lifelong struggle to balance life, work, and the creative arts.
Each piece has a story for me; whether it is a story that is the basis for my expression or a story that is realized through my relationship with the creation process of my painting. My work tends to deal with relationships, awkward characters, and spirits, all while focusing on things that are overlooked: the underlying character. I also am interested in exploring expectations of women, both in life and in art, and creating an unexpected or uncomfortable reaction from the viewer. My favorite mediums are oil paints, watercolor, ceramics, and fabric.