My art is a portal to the rich world of the human collective unconscious, and a peek into fantastic realms that never exist in the physical world. Making art is my life, which is why I can’t stick to just one medium. Pen and ink is my favorite, but I’ve been spending a lot of time working in digital media and glasswork lately.
My digital work has a wide variety of techniques, but much of it uses my own photography, custom brushwork, and traditional painting techniques on a graphics tablet. It’s a frictionless medium, and there are concepts I can express well only through the techniques digital allows.
I create many forms of glass sculpture. I make accurate representations of molecule models, geeky fanart figurines, and many, many marbles. Working with glass is like a fever dream, watching the many colors the rods turn as they become more liquid. It’s really addictive, and it’s the only 3D medium I work in actively, right now. At some point I may add a separate website that shows my molecule models and other glass art.
I’m married to an awesome, mad-scientist man named Dustin. He’s at once my muse and grounding agent. As long as I make art that we both enjoy, I know I’m going the right direction. After living in Florida for much too long, we abandoned everything we knew in Florida and moved out to Portland, Oregon. We didn’t even know what was out there, except that the city had several very tall mountains all within 100 miles of it – and that 2 hours away you could find a desert. Oh, and that Burning Man is a wee bit closer there than it is to Florida.
I like to use black ball-point gel pens, .2 and .3 mm, to draw. I’ve often used Rapidographs, sometimes Micron 005s, but gel pens are sheer joy. The pen actually moves where your hand tells it to go, never scratching or catching on the paper. For color I use Leningrad watercolors (yes they are that old), watercolor inks, and Prismacolor markers. Recently I began using digital color with ink works. For my digital works, I take all the photos (except public domain space and electron microscopy images) and montage some together, use components of others, and create my own components in Illustrator or ZBrush. I have a vast library of photos just waiting to be dissected.
I like to make my artwork detailed, because when I was very small my grandma took me to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. There, we sat for a very, very long time in front of one of the dioramas. The longer we looked at it, the more we’d discover – a mouse, an insect, a lizard – all meticulously arranged to make the scene a slice of the forest. Most settings in the world contain that baroque level of detail, if only we look hard enough – and I think that it’s important to pay close attention to the world around you, not just the objects that are intentionally designed to catch one’s attention.