Iíve been most influenced by Henri Rousseau, who set out to reproduce the world photographically and instead ended up painting a world of enchantment. Other influences include the artists Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Henri Matisse, Max Ferguson, Pierre Bonnard, George Tooker, David Hockney, Mel Leipzig, Rhoda Yarnow, and Charles Sheeler and the writer Alice Hoffman, whose novels delineate numerous intersections of myth and reality. I've also been influenced by the following photographers: Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Andreas Feininger, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier Bresson, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams
I use paper, ink, pencil, pastel, chalk, material, and photographs that I take with a Canon Rebel to create mixed media collages. In each collage, I try to tell a story and to make the real (possible) and the imaginary (impossible) compatible in a kind of enchanted reality.
I draw people and objects with pastel, colored pencil, gel pen, and/or charcoal. Sometimes they are working studies for future collages. I try to use a looser, more expressive style with pastel than with other media.
I take digital photographs with three Canon cameras--a high-end point-and-shoot, a lower-end point and shoot, and an SLR. Sometimes I use these photographs, or parts of them, in my collages.
I like to cook and bake, and I like to eat good food, and I like to look at photographs of food, so it seemed a logical activity to begin taking photographs of food that I cook and bake and eat or give to other people to art, and thus the Food Art album was created.
Children's Book Illustration
I wrote and illustrated two versions of an interactive digital children's book for a pharmaceutical company's Web site.