Size: 9"W x 6"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2018
The reason I chose the title for this piece, I love the Great Salt Lake. I grew up going there as a teenager to escape the city. I have many photos from the lake and needed imagery I loved to experiment with surface.
I created this piece during the fall of 2014, as part of an experimental series of painting on aluminum cans. This painting is painted on the inside of a Coors can.
My inspiration in creating this piece came about by trying to find ways to repurpose metal creating different surfaces, as metals are considered archival, I wanted to give new life to things discarded.
The Coors can was cut open and mounted to the cradle using finishing nails. The cradle has been painted and has a rustic look, but can be framed for a more classy look. It's a great little piece and has a nice sparkle as the metal reflects bits of light the way water does.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, I knew from a very young age I wanted to be an artist. When I entered High School I began to homeschool so I could devout time to painting. For a short period of time during my senior year I attended a private High School for the arts. While I was accepted to the prestigious Lyme Academy, I couldn't afford to attend and started college at the local community college. Making a fatal relationship decision in my early 20's, I became trapped in an abusive relationship for 10 years, making it impossible to create. Once free, I finished my education at the University of Utah, never giving up on my dream, always persevering, tackling every hurdle and road block with the determination to work that much harder. Today, I am a happy creator with experience of life, and art under my belt. I have 4 children, 3 teenagers from my first marriage, and a fairly new baby from my loving husband now. They have been a part of my growth as an artist, stretching me, and pushing my boundaries and influencing my creative processes. The thing I have learned about being an artist, is how much life is a part of what you do, because everything around you influences the choices you make within the artwork, small things, that are sometimes taken for granted.