I strive to create artwork that is atmospheric, layered and intriguing, and quietly celebrates the beauty of the natural world. In my current work I’m exploring soft shadows, foliage, decomposition, and the ever-changing moon. It highlights the ethereal mood created by combinations of these elements moving in and out of focus in translucent layers.
My work is cyanotype-based. Cyanotype is an alternative photographic process developed in 1842. Prints are characterized by a deep shade of Prussian blue. I print with foraged natural plant materials outdoors in the sun.
In my current "altered cyanotype" pieces I am pushing the limits of the traditional process and altering the colors by drastically changing exposure times, adding extra chemicals and heat, and using eco-printing techniques. After printing I further alter my pieces with mixed media – watercolor, graphite, acrylic, colored pencil, ink, or collage – to achieve the desired effects.
There is an element of mystery and chance with each new piece, and the process of creating these works fascinates me as much as the product! I joyfully experiment with new materials, work through logistical challenges, and come up with my own techniques. The phrase "what if?" is one of my favorites!