Animalia is still being built and rebuilt. It's currently a mix of personal narratives, experiences and collaborations. There is thematic overlap with this inlaid cut paper work and earlier paintings. Works in this series transitioned me from painting to the paper works I do today. The Animalia works were made concurrently with my paintings (though less frequently) since 2000. Earlier works (such as My Dad and Two Pancakes), involved a mix of painting (beyond tinting) and cut paper. Read more »
All works are inlaid cut paper. The archival cut papers are usually tinted with acrylic and/or flashe vinyl to expand the stock papers’ limited palette. The paper pieces are scalpel cut, inlaid (forming one layer) and adhered using reversible PVA glue. An isolation coat is applied before the final protective matte UV varnish.
The decision to work exclusively in paper is a love leap: it inexplicably brings out the best in me and leaves me excited about future possibilities—with the awareness it could one day die or leave me for another artist.
I approach portraits as collaborations rather than commissions. The creation process is essentially the same as my other work. The difference is that someone else determines the subject matter. The people in my work are usually doing something, but the dogs are static. Each dog’s individual characteristics & spirit determines their portrait. Yes, I'll paint your cat.