Art has always been a part of my life. It wasn’t until I used art as a coping mechanism and therapy to get through a difficult time that it became a integral piece of my being. While my disability is not visible, it is an everyday struggle dealing with the stigma and symptoms of mental illness. Art continues to be cathartic and has transitioned into something more. Now it is a way to focus thoughts and energies. It has also given me a way to bring back a passion that was lost when I wasn’t able to continue with a career I loved.
My subject matter tends to vary depending on both materials and the feel of my surroundings. Some recurring themes are nature, fantasy, legends, and mythology. There will be times when I slip into a safe cocoon-like space where I can quiet the noise to reflect on art that has inspired me. This process allows me to exhale the distractions and distill it into my work.
The fun part about making art is experimenting with new and different raw materials. I’ll take any paraphernalia I can get my hands on. My current obsession is with polymer clay because it is such a versatile, tactile medium. It allows me to explore and attempt different textures and characteristics in my work. Beads, fabric, jewelry, and wirework are also interests of mine.
I prefer to work on art that is three dimensional or has a three dimensional feel to it. This leads me to gravitate towards sculptures, jewelry, and textural pieces. When making or taking in art that is two dimensional, my senses and imagination help instinctively conceptualize the three dimensional aspects of the work.