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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Clearing was created with an image I had taken in a small, barren chapel in the Tower of London. The structure was so stark and beautiful. I chose to overlay a pathway/tree image that I took at the Genessee Monastery in New York. I actually use this image quite frequently as a visual metaphor for life's journey. The fusion of these images seemed to create an interesting juxtaposition of traveling toward a sense of space or destination or purpose.
This was exhibited at the Massillon Museum's juried Stark County Artists Exhibition as well as the Sixth Street Gallery's Natural Beauty juried show in Vancouver, WA.
Art has become a meaningful way for me to process and explore the complexities of life in tandem with living it. I am committed to creating and exhibiting my artwork, which has been exhibited in various regional and national venues. My current work incorporates my photography into a variety of different media. I often integrate layers into my work to create juxtapositions conveying visual and conceptual depth. Recurring themes in my work include the transience of life in time, as well as exploring diverse natural, cultural, and architectural spaces. As a result, I find travel to be amazingly inspiring as it offers me the opportunity to find new imagery and metaphors for my work.
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