I am inspired by "Intertidal Ecosystems", that region of the seashore formed between low and high tides. This ever-changing environment with wave-swept rocky shores and tidal pools is the stimulus for my work. Seaweed, algae, starfish, barnacles and sea anemones...to name a few species are my sources of inspiration.
I apply washes of colour that parallel those I observe in this environment. I create my own personal collage materials, manipulating delicate Japanese "Washi" paper by employing unconventional methods like burning, smoking and piercing holes. These processes yield results that echo the shapes and patterns I discover and observe in the foreshore. Marks are drawn with graphite, pen and ink and pencil crayon. I translate the movement of waves and sea foam with washes of white paint.
It is the beauty within this watery world that fascinates and compels me to create this work.
The artwork above - 15" X 10.5"
All the artwork below - 11" x 7.5"