Although I am not limited to one particular medium, so far, I have preferred to paint in acrylics. Since spontaneity is a major player in what guides the direction of my work, I like to work quickly. Acrylic paint is ideal because it dries very fast. I also love to incorporate various media? to achieve a more translucent surface and create more dynamic results.
I feel a connection with Rimi Yang’s work. She seamlessly blends renaissance figurative with abstract expressionism to achieve an unparallelled style that resonates with me on an emotional level and from an aesthetic point-of-view. Simply said – they engage me because they are stunning, brave, and beautiful.
I am very intrigued by the sporadic effects of multiple layers of acrylics and medium. The relationship between paint and medium – from layer to layer and then the overall painting as a whole is fascinating. I can get very wrapped up in the complexity of the making.
Where my natural illustration and graphic tendencies end and the actual act of painting begins. Finding that perfect balance.
Experimentation. The willingness to forge ahead into new territories.
My work is a fine balance between accident and control. Structure and control are found within my compositions and portraits. Lately, I allow myself to experiment more and this discovery process invites a plethora of accidents. I now let the ‘slip-ups’ guide my work though. I see accidents as beauty, though I see myself still mostly in control..
Direction – in terms of creating something that is very unique and not already out there. Another challenge that I keep on facing is: what I prefer to create vs. what the market wants to see. It is a constant challenge for me to separate myself from the demands of our modern society and influence in the media.
I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to exhibit my paintings both locally and over-seas.
I get outside and walk around. I go to local galleries. I travel to other cities and see what’s out there. I go for coffee with other creatives. I look at foreign fashion magazines.
If I need to learn more as an artist (technically speaking) – I go to art supply stores and look around… I talk to other artists. I enroll in courses with instructors I admire. I ask fellow artists questions. I experiment.
If I want to learn more about the field – I speak to the people who are doing what I want to do. I do not hesitate to ask the questions.