Last summer, while on vacation with my family in Greece, I took a photo that has become the starting point for an entire new series of paintings, as well as the perfect self-portrait that I could find in nature. There is a story underneath the surface of every person. Outside you see one thing but inside...inside there could be something completely unexpected, charged, surprising, even. People are complicated. We are layered and nuanced.
Every year I choose a word that becomes a mantra to take me through the next twelve months. I write that word down and try to manifest it. In 2017 I chose "purpose" as my word and each time I felt like I was struggling or facing some difficulty, or felt uninspired, or frankly deterred and depressed by the state of affairs in our world, I turned to my word, PURPOSE, to bring me light and remind me of what I am meant to do and why I am meant to do it. This time I took the lessons from last year to take me into 2018.
My obsession with photography started with my love of black and white film. Since I was very little I used to imagine scenes in shades of gray and when I started painting I would often sketch my paper or my canvas using charcoal and then feel reluctant to paint them with my colors. I pretty much live for color nowadays and I love to bring my images to life in that way, but it's true what they say about never forgetting your first love. I've been exploring and studying tones and contrasts for years but lately I'm feeling so energized and inspired by the patterns and textures that I'm finding in nature.
The question I get asked more than any other is what inspires me. Every month as part of my personal and creative process I make a mood board where I book mark all of my current favorite things and I'm really excited to start sharing these with you here on the blog so you can see a little bit of what I'm coveting and what is inspiring me inside and outside my studio.