What am I working on?
|Rolodex card for a through the alphabet swap|
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
|SOC 2014 using a photo taken at Art Prize in Grand Rapids|
Stress relief! I work in a rather dysfunctional, violent intercity school. Teaching is a 14 hour a day, 7 days a week job which is stressful and offers very little in terms of rewards. In 2012 – 2013 I found myself in a very low place and needed something to help dig me out of the hole I was in. Teaching was literally sucking the life out of me and I needed an outlet, something as far away from teaching as I could get! Change came slowly but arrived first via an invitation from a friend to join Pinterest. A whole other world opened up to me that I never knew existed, mixed media art! I spent the long winter months escaping by pinning photos of other people’s art journals and techniques on YouTube. That spring I signed up for an art journal ecourse with Kelly Kilmer, A Journey Within. About the same time I signed up for an online cell phone photography class over at Big Pictures. My journey towards creating had begun.
How does my creative process work?
First, I need to find inspiration. My go-to source for this is Pinterest. While I may begin with someone else’s idea, my finished project rarely looks anything like theirs (I still give the original artist their credit). I have learned to take ideas I see, whether it’s on Pinterest, in an antique shop, or something hanging on the wall in a restaurant or hotel, and make it my own. I use what I have on hand, chose colors I like and make something that turns out often totally different.