I have always loved to work with collage because it lends itself so easily to surreal expression as illustrated in Plum Girl, Still Wish You Were Here, and Spider Princess.
In general, my art has been "representational" rather than "abstract". However, I recently began creating abstract landscapes with torn tissue paper. While I have used torn tissue in my surreal collages in the past, I had not used it to create abstract collages.
My art often speaks to subconscious fears that stem from the uncertainties of childhood, from a childlike perspective. However Lily: Queen of the Universe, illustrates a child's inner strength, spunk, and incredible ability to imagine and believe her fantasy. Using deliberately selected props—wooden star wand, plastic jewelry, glitter-studded cardboard crown, pink sunglasses, and a funky hand painted multi-colored chair for a throne, the subject gives her fantasy flight, and for that moment in time, she is truly "Queen of the Universe".
Bad Moon and Steely Blue were inspired by the art of young children, and these two pieces reflect a child's perception of being the center of the world. They also illustrate a child's ability to be unhindered by the self-consciousness and self-editing that people are conditioned to adopt, as they get older.
In both pieces I sought to capture a child’s sense of immediate inspiration and desire to tell their story, as seen through their eyes. I used watercolor pencils and watercolors to create the free, fluid movement and emotional color with which children often use in their images.
Bad Moon was exhibited in The Child In You group exhibit at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.