- : A change in direction
- : A change in attitude, judgment, or emphasis
In creating the pieces for this show, “shifts” occurred on many levels. It began with changing the entire theme of this exhibit after investing two months into the original idea and ended with a body of work quite different from anything I have exhibited before. In between were moments of joy, anxiety, excitement, and despair — the rollercoaster of emotions most artists have experienced at some point in their career.
To make these abstract images, I started photographing textures and colors, mostly with my iPhone, everywhere I went. A partial list of elements featured here includes old walls, cracks in the pavement, utility boxes, tables, poles, dumpsters, curbs, and graffiti. I wasn’t interested in these photographs on their own, so I created digital collages, sometimes adding leaves and geometric shapes for extra depth and color. Some of these images are made up of more than 20 different photographs.
"Confluence" 24" x 30" Mixed Media; Digital Collage, Oil Paint & Wax
I also added a few new elements into the photo encaustic process. I experimented with adding a little more texture with the wax, incising and embellishing with pigment sticks and graphite.
Many times, I wanted to turn back and return to the safe landscapes and florals I am accustomed to making. However, I had a few generous “cheerleaders” gently urging me to continue down this path whenever the voices of fear, self-doubt, and at times, panic, were shouting at me. And for this, I will forever be grateful.