Mixed media painting: acrylic, aluminum foil, photos printed on mylar, ink, graphite pencil, powder pigment, charcoal, ingress watercolor paper, watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, silver leaf, on braced plywood.
Nature and life was my inspiration for creating this work of art and the use of so many media was motivated by my belief that life is made of by so contributing factors, that all factors contribute to the life of each of us, the flowers, all contribute to the life of us all, at the time I created this painting I was thinking about my education about the “butterfly effect” and all the other theories related to it…Chaos Theory, critical thinking and always asking oneself, “who benefits?”
It all began when I started to sort through my personal library and found my school books from my college days at Western Washington University when I was a student at the College of Education in the field of Human Services. A profession determined to change the world and remove the bureaucracy and give others hope by finding the root cause of a person’s situation instead of identifying victims and perpetrators. Solutions instead of an “US” vs. “THEM” attitude…a more constructive, open minded, thinking, discussing, understanding to find solutions through learning and communicating while always looking further for more information and always checking ourselves to see if we are judging if we are truly aware of what is going on and if we are really being informed by objective resources.
All of these thoughts inspired my mixed media work of art which was purchased for permanent public art installation by the Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services of Washington State in 2010.