I primarily work in mixed media, with a combination of alcohol inks, acrylic inks, water colors, and heavier bodied acrylic paints. All of my paintings start out with an underpainting. I have no idea at that point what the painting will look like. I just work intuitively, and at some point the painting tells me what it is going to be. As I look at the interplay of shapes and colors, the image becomes obvious to me as to what direction the painting will take.
The alcohol and acrylic inks lend a vibrancy that is reminiscent of the natural intense pigments found in nature. It particularly mimics the vivid hues of the blossoms seen after a long, dry, desert winter. The heavy spring rains that occur in April yields to the blooms occurring in the following weeks (May).
In “Desert Poppies”, I tried to capture this window of vegetation and abundance of growth that occurs in an otherwise barren desert landscape.