The work done for this show started with the piece
“Don’t Fence me in.” It was created in response to a
need to have more space to roam around in the bigger
world and not be boxed in by roles and expectations.
In this painting I left the fences ambiguous. The main
fence in the foreground has an opened gate. Is it about
to open or close? In the distance is another fence up
on a mountain. If one is no longer trapped by one fence
will you just realize that you are just trapped inside
of another? Is real freedom possible or an illusion? Also
how necessary is complete freedom? Can fences also be
there for safety and a sense of where your boundaries
are? I wanted the meaning to be open to interpretation.
Also on a parallel path I want
my bright, sweet, and creative 4 year old daughter to
feel free to be herself and find her own way as she grows
up. I don’t want anyone to fence her in!
My working method is quite varied. Images start as
sketches that come from various sources - photos, 3d
renderings and drawings. My sister provided a photo of
snowdrops, and my husband created 3d models that I arranged
in 3D modeling software. So this has been a family inspired
project in many ways. The majority of the final pieces
are egg tempera paintings on clayboard panel. The water
based images are a combination of watercolor, colored
pencils, and caran d’ache crayons.