Artist Statement – Mixed Media Artist
The opportunity to explore and experiment with techniques and materials across mediums is fundamental to my practice as a mixed media artist. My work often combines a traditional format in sculpture or painting with exploratory techniques and non-traditional surface treatments. Knowledge of drawing, painting, glass, fiber, wood, stone, clay and metal is applied to create new and innovative combinations. Inspirational sources include travel, environmental and social issues.
Recent work has involved creating sculptures and paintings using hot or cold patination techniques on copper to colour and etch into the surface. Design and composition are based on research and testing. Pattern-making, drawing and painting skills are key to the working process, however, paint and other pigments are rarely added. Most work has been created using household ammonia, table salt and tap water as ‘paint’ which is then applied with natural and household materials to the copper in numerous stages. This results in the beautiful blue salt deposits and detailed etchings, all permanently sealed.