Freshwater Habitat

In my latest alcohol ink paintings, I have been experimenting with various shades of blue. The result is a cool, refreshing scene, fluid as water with precious earth minerals. The hints of amber provide an interesting contrast to the bright tones of cyan. Congruous with freshwater habitats in the mountains of western North Carolina, I am inspired by the harmonious flow among the forms of the aquatic life that depends upon it and the precious earth minerals that shimmer beneath it.

As the warm embrace of an August summer is cooled by my blue palette the transition in to the fall season will surely inspire me. The variation of scenery will be agreeable; a transformation along the blue ridge parkway will surely provide for a lovely drive!


Hints of Gray

While some may believe gray is quite simply a drab color devoid of energy, we artists know better. Gray is a versatile tone and can be light or dark to complement a signature color. I've recently experimented with shades of oranges mixed with gray and the results are phenomenal. The piece is bright, but not overwhelming. The gray and coral create a kind complement to one another. A paradox piece within itself. A dark shadow emphasizes the fluid form created by the alcohol inks. Simple, yet bold. I will definitely explore more with this palette.

Gray Blue 070616 ia

Gray Blue 070616 ia

Other colors I'm combining with gray are blues and golds. The speckles of gray adds another layer of texture to the overall piece. Some say it reminds them of the infinite sea while others see the stars in the sky. How ever one chooses to interpret these amorphous figures, I hope they generate a positive, effervescent energy!



Coral Gray 070216 ia

Coral Gray 070216 ia

Vibrant Colors

As the summer of mysterious weather and sudden downpours continues, I have been inspired to add splashes of my own to my distillation series. Bright blues and radiant reds give a certain energy that can bring life into a room. I hope positive vibes are encapsulated in these refreshing new pieces.

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As always with alcohol ink on aluminum board, there is fluidity and grace that is embedded with every piece. The palette choice adds the spirit, while the form adds the flow. Due to the unique process of alcohol inks, to each and every person there is a slightly different variation in the interpretation of the pieces. From different angles and orientations, a new perspective is unveiled adding a layer of depth to the piece if art.

Although the basics of my process remain constant, the outcome always slightly varies. Creating something completely new to both myself and others is a feat.  I hope these two pieces emanate a new radiance for my audience. The array of colors certainly add something fresh to my repertoire!