Size: 14"W x 14"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
"Rocks in the Garden" is an acrylic on raw canvas painting. I use similar methods to Helen Frankenthaler and let the paint soak into the canvas rather than sitting on top of the canvas. It allows me to create more watercolor type effects. I've also used a small amount of encaustic pigmented wax. And I have burned into the canvas in areas to create floral type designs.
The painting measures 14" X 14" X 1 1/2". The sides of the canvas are painted the cream color from the background. I have left areas of the raw canvas showing in places.
Hanger provided on the back so it's ready to hang.
Painting on raw canvas is direct, pure, and challenging. Extremely conscious and confident with every brushstroke, painting mirrors my life as a badass cancer warrior. In late 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage IV oral cancer. I had never smoked, and was otherwise relatively healthy. I lost my entire tongue and 66 lymph nodes. Speaking clearly has become a challenge. I take all food and drink through a stomach feeding tube, but I'm still cancer free. I now consider my cancer a gift, pushing me to find the courage to express myself more honestly and boldly. My work is influenced by Helen Frankenthaler and Rex Ray, and the mentorship of Nicholas Simmons. Working with acrylic on raw canvas is the most technically challenging process I've ever encountered. My paintings express my love of life. I feel like I have finally found my true voice.