My pieces evolve as I prepare the canvas with texture, applying layers of paint, scraping and sanding the surface, adding paper, ephemera, making marks, sewing, and attaching found objects using a variety of visually interesting techniques. I often finish the work with encaustic (a technique using layers of beeswax melted with small amounts of resin to impart hardness). This allows me to further incise and scrape into the surface as well as giving a pleasing polished sheen to the finished product.
As a book artist, when creating altered books, I handle each page carefully. By layering paint, utilizing a variety of image transferring techniques, adding texture, making marks, embellishing and cutting into the pages I create powerful visual statements that relate new stories to the viewer.
The progression of layering, embellishing, mark making and laying down of images allows me to become very intimate with the work in progress. Many of the processes and materials I use are unpredictable which opens each piece up for infinite possibilities. This provides energy to my creative process and facilitates unique and inspired artwork.