Size: 20"W x 16"H x 0.125"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"Celebration!" is a mixed-media painting depicting an Asian landscape with Takehiko, a Buddhist monk, dancing on his return home. His small village is seen in the distance, where he will help celebrate the Beginning of Spring, a Japanese festival called "Setsubun".
This original artwork incorporates acrylic ink painting with hand painted papers that are either cut or folded to create the imagery. The custom painted mat is part of the piece.
A personal thought I keep taped to a studio lamp best expresses my feelings: "Being an artist totally absorbs me and satisfies me like nothing else. It's not something I think about but what I need to do to feel complete inner peace."
My work combines traditional drawing, painting and collage techniques with paper folding (origami and variations), and/or cutting & tearing. Some of my folding papers are imported art papers - often I also paint papers to achieve the desired colors or effects before using them to fold, tear or cut for my backgrounds or figures.
Born on the West coast and raised in the East, I now live in the Sonoran Desert region of the American Southwest. Making art was my first love as a child and art continues to impact me every day of my life. Although I grew up in a small town my family provided plenty of artistic influences. My father loved art and music and spent his recreational time on hand-carving and woodworking projects. One of his brothers was a commercial artist who enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes when he wasn’t working for his business. “Handmade is always better” is what I remember my mother saying whenever it came to gift and card giving. Plus two of my five sisters also majored in art, so our home was full of creativity! Majoring in art was a natural outcome of always loving to create imagery in a variety of ways, from drawing and painting to photography and working with clay. Currently my focus is on mixed-media, incorporating paper art techniques with traditional methods.