So I have a confession to make. I’m an artist, who doesn’t know how to draw! EEK! I'm stepping way out of my comfort zone to post this photo of my attempt to sketch and paint my favourite vase.
I have always loved shape, line, colour and texture but for most of my adult life, I did not believe I was artistic because I can’t draw. Several years ago I was floored when Lisa Call, whose ‘Working in a Series’ online class I was taking, called me an artist. After some initial shock and fear, I decided to embrace this new role in life.
I had always thought that I didn’t know how to draw…but...seriously….if you can pick up a pencil and make a mark, any kind of mark, then…you can draw. There. By that definition, most of us can draw! And guess what! Whether you can draw or not doesn’t determine if you are an artist. There is a mind-blowing freedom in coming to this conclusion!
I love to learn new skills so I have been working v…e…r…y s…l…o…w…l…y thru Liz Steel’s Foundation Sketching class. I love Liz’s approach: her loose style, the joy she takes in sketching, her focus on the process, rather than on some illusion of perfection. For me it’s about observing objects in new ways, and learning how to translate that on to a page. Well, that and who can resist an excuse to use those gorgeous Opus watercolours!
Welcome to my initial blog post! In keeping with my word of the year “Visible” I am shaking off my reluctance to be seen in the world, bravely dipping my toe in the waters of blogging. In upcoming posts, I plan to share my thoughts on the influences that inform my artwork, as well as give you peaks into my studio work.
From a young age I have been inspired by texture, colour and fiber in various forms; embroidery, beading, stitched linen work, and garment construction have all been in my repertoire. These have all been overtaken by working with textiles to create textile paintings.
In the late 1980s I ventured into the world of traditional quilting, taking a beginner’s class at a local shop. After taking a number of workshops from both international and local teachers, I came to the realization I didn't really like to follow patterns. I began to design my own pieces and now use a combination of commercially available cottons, and cotton which I have dyed, painted, batiked, and marked in other ways to create my own unique textiles.
I enjoy working in a series, which allows me to explore a theme in more depth than is possible when creating only one piece on a particular subject matter. Currently, I’m working in two series, Balance and Equilibrium. The Balance series looks at the ways in which balance affects our lives on a myriad of levels. The Equilibrium series explores ideas of multiple variables, and the interactions which take place to keep them all in a state of balance.