I used to think great art had to be inspired by strong emotion and that the work had to communicate some type of socio-political message. Through exploration in my paintings and research in art combined with studies in art history, I decided that this is not necessarily true. I now feel that great art should stimulate the viewer, either positively or negatively, and that the interaction between the art work and the viewer should be the goal of the artist. I also believe an artist should explore and produce because this leads the artist to new discoveries.
The original intention of my artwork was to create a visually stimulating experience, but I have expanded it to include the creation of a peaceful, meditative environment through the use of color interactions. The difference between clear and blurred vision greatly influences my work. Being terribly nearsighted most of my life, I have always wanted to paint in a way so that I could enjoy my work both with and without corrective eyeware. While working on a zoomed-in, pixellated section of an image on my computer one day, I removed my glasses to rub my eyes and realized the area made of tiny squares of color appeared in focus. I could clearly see the image. This experience was the inspiration for my current body of work.
Since I am constantly searching for new ways to incorporate computer technology with my art work, I made the computer my sketching tool. With the computer, I manipulate and refine the original image by adjusting color and varying the size of the square. Once I achieve the desired image, I print a copy and place it in my sketchbook. The printouts become a maquette of the final painting. From these maquettes, I begin the painting process which personalizes and humanizes the image. Finally, I explore the choice of palette, the painterly quality, the size of the square, and the size of the canvas.
The Barbie™ doll has become an American icon that arouses emotional as well as sentimental attention from many people. I chose her as the subject for my current body of work because she is the subject and recipient of both devotion and rejection, and sometimes from the same person. I can remember many hours spent with her when I was a child. She was the one through whom I lived vicariously and the object of my affection. As I became older, I began to understand all she represented and my opinions of her changed. But like a friend, the fond memories of our time spent together still make me smile. The comparison of her to the perfect female form links my second current subject - the female figure.
The diversity of influence in my artwork ranges from Postimpressionism to Minimalism and from optical art to pictorial imagery. My main historical influences include the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Mark Rothko, and Georges Seurat. My contemporary influences include the works of Jasper Johns, and Chuck Close. Their most notable influences in my current work are exploration of color, orchestration of pattern, and repetition of elements.