Happy New Year everyone! Instead of the typical new year’s resolution, I’m choosing to clarify my artistic vision. Over the holidays, I spent time in malls (yuck!) & traffic (double yuck!!), noticing that our world is dull with everything from cars to clothing to home decor items available in boring black, white, greys, or neutrals. I can’t even say the word “beige” without wrinkling my nose! Our economy is depressed & apparently so is our culture. Where are ruby red, lime green, & sunny yellow? Where are positive images & inspiring design? For 2012, I want to reintroduce words like magic, mystery, wonder, whimsy, inspiration, & imagination. Creativity thrives in an environment built on these terms.
My first piece is called “Between the Worlds”, a small painting inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book Mists of Avalon. I adore this book because it takes the Arthurian legend & retells it from the female perspective, celebrating feminine virtues such as intuition, wisdom, & strength that comes from within. It’s obvious why it was an award-winning bestseller & the inspiration for future books & film. My painting in cool tints of blue, purple, green, iridescent white, & silver shows Morgaine traveling from the mist-shrouded Avalon to our reality, represented by Stonehenge. I love it’s sense of mystery & mysticism. So, I’m off on a new adventure… reclaiming attributes that inspire great art & design, making them my own.
What words would you like to reintroduce to our lexicon? As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”