My art is on displayÂ Johns Hopkins Montgomery County campus in Rockville, Maryland throughÂ November 9th in the lobby ofÂ 9605Â Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
And an interview:
In the JHU MontgomeryÂ County Newsletter:Â
Tell us about yourself.
Iâ€™m a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and visual artist living in Reston, VA with my husband, two small kids and one large, furry cat.
Born a fourth-generation New Yorker, I spent my formative years in Arkansas, my teen years back in New York, and my twenties in Los Angeles.
I earned a BFA in theatrical design from Syracuse University in 1993 and completed continuing studies in children’s illustration at UCLA in 1997.
Howâ€™d you get into art and decide to become an artist?
Iâ€™m not sure I ever wanted to be an artist. I think itâ€™s always been what I am, how I move through and deal with the world. Bad things happen, good things happen, and Iâ€™m driven to create. Itâ€™s a mode of communication and self-expression. Having a creative outlet helps me to get through the things I canâ€™t control in my life.
I come from a professional but creative family. Being a creative was supposed to be a hobby. That might have been the smarter career choice, financially.
What kind of art do you do? What materials do you use?
Story is at the heart of my work. Itâ€™s illustration, really.
I love having control over the little worlds I create â€” each little image in each little story. I create vignettes and slices of life the way I want them to be.
Right now my primary medium is colored pencil, but I love experimenting with everything. The medium is a part of the story too, and can enhance or detract from what Iâ€™m trying to communicate.
What is your approach for creating a work of art? What is your inspiration?
Sometimes I start with detailed sketches which I digitize and composite on the computer. If Iâ€™m using dry media like colored pencil, Iâ€™ll print in light k-tones directly onto art paper. If the media is wet, like inks and paints, Iâ€™ll use a light box. Sometimes I donâ€™t sketch or digitize at all but just jump right in. Each medium requires a different approach.
Is it clichÃ© to say that inspiration is everywhere in the world around us? To be honest, I can be inspired by anything at random if Iâ€™m in the right mindset. I tend to have too many ideas at once and too many projects in the works at any one time. Iâ€™m scatterbrained. Iâ€™m not yet sure if thatâ€™s a bug or a feature.
What do you hope viewers of your art experience upon seeing the exhibit?
Art has the power to change and influence peopleâ€™s moods and how they relate to the world. If I have that power at all in my work, Iâ€™d like to think I use it do to good. This is why my work is mostly colorful and peaceful. I hope some of it is thought provoking in its own way. Nothing big and grand, but Iâ€™m aiming to add a little more light into the world.