Piece description from the artist
Concentric started out as concentric circles in the center. That was the plan for this one. Just circles and creating abstract art with them. As you can see, it went in a totally different direction. I typically use the non-shiny side of Kirkland photo paper. Unlike other photo papers, it does not have the watermark of its maker on the back, which makes it perfect for alcohol ink. However, in this instance I decided to use the shiny side and experiment with some things. The MOST interesting thing in all of this is I only used one color for this entire piece. That color is called ‘Stonewashed’ by Ranger Adironkak. Their pigments often break down into the other pigments that were created to make them. In most cases I love this. When I need a solid pigment, I have other brands that don’t break up. But what’s even more amazing is that on the shiny side of photo paper the pigments broke out in extremely interesting and unexpected ways. Very dynamic colors just blasted out of the original ink from the bottle. Absolutely fascinating. I also typically don’t use the shiny side because the ink does not flow well. Once it’s down and dry it doesn’t move much, if any. And alcohol ink is meant to move and flow. But I was experimenting. I didn’t want the ink to flow and obliterate other lines. I wanted some of my lines to stay put and be intentional. I used a piece of an acrylic panel and put ink and grain alcohol (The normal 99% isopropyl is unavailable at stores and online due to COVID-19 … so I use 190 proof grain alcohol for my work now) with some ink mixed in and then set the acrylic panel down for a few minutes. I then pulled it up and got saturated, hard lines around the edges and softer flows of color in the middle. I repeated this several times to get the composition you see here. I absolutely love how this one ink broke up into so many pigments (teal,purple, pink, and red). It makes me wonder what the other inks will do. So, off I go to experiment some more. Hope you enjoy this very joyful piece. It was joyful to create and opened up a world of new surprises I never knew were there. I guess that’s why it’s a surprise. Enjoy!
I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.
In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.
I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!
I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.
I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.
There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."