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I Felt Very Close to Death

I Felt Very Close to Death

My goal with my work is to create an object of beauty that expresses the complexity and anxiety, and sometimes despair, of our modern existence.

Lately I have been inspired by medieval religious art where artists were just starting to figure out realism; the images look somewhat cartoonish while still retaining their earnestness.

Recent exposure to traditional European religious art and Indian Mughal paintings have inspired me to try my hand at classical techniques, and to put my own spin on traditional religious themes. I explore techniques such as paper-marbling and calligraphy but filter them through a modern, whimsical sensibility. Painting daily gives me the opportunity to practice these various approaches while remaining fresh and enthusiastic.

I Felt Very Close to Death
In 2007, the year I turned 40, my husband and I rafted down the entire length of the Grand Canyon for three weeks. It was alternately liberating and terrifying. It silenced my inner crybaby and brought me a peace I have since lost upon my return to "normal" life, but the memory of which will always be with me.

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18.0" x 24.0"
Oil, acrylic sand mortar, music paper, newsprint collage on canvas panel

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