Hand Painted Ceramics
I am primarily a painter using clay as my “canvas”. Many of my paintings are interpretations of images that appeal to a sense of place and beauty, such as an antique loteria set (mexican bingo) from the 1800's, a seed savers exchange catalogue, and a California native plant identification book. I want to make modern pieces that feel like heirlooms.
Hand Painted Book Covers
I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on specific artists, photographers, and some literature. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of libraries. I choose an image to paint for a cover illustration based on qualities such as poignancy and visual graphics. If the book is not illustrated, I find an image that is complementary to its contents. I may also choose to paint my version of the original illustration. The cover text is included in the painting (title, author and publisher) on a hand-cut paper jacket, using a heavy weight glossy paper and acrylic paints. This process gives the book a new essence, and restores it to better shape (I try to find used books). It also makes it a functional sculpture/painting.