About my Art
Alcohol inks are known to produce very unexpected results. The medium tends to meld and interact with itself, even after your hand has left the canvas. I enjoy that aspect and am fascinated by the ever-evolving vibrant colours, interesting forms and textures that are created in front of my eyes. It’s an exciting and freeing process and forces me to take risks and to constantly experiment. The outcome is usually quite organic looking, which I will either use as a base for an abstract composition or manipulate into a landscape or floral piece.
I like to think of my art as “controlled chaos”. The end result is often a combination of multiple “happy accidents” (thank you Bob Ross) and then building upon them to create a final piece that feels right.
My painting process
Before I start a painting, I decide if I want it to be completely abstract or have a subject matter (such as flowers or a landscape) in mind. I then pick out a colour scheme. If I am lacking ideas, I sometimes draw colour inspiration from other photos. I have a dedicated board on Pinterest with tons of different images; including everything from scenic photography & close-up nature shots, to clothing ensembles and artisan cakes (anything that gets me excited and catches my eye.)
Then, if painting a landscape, I might draw out a few quick sketches for layout options. Sometimes, I will even ‘test paint’ items on a scrap piece of paper. When the painting is finished I seal them with multiple layers of gloss UV protectant and they are ready to be framed.
My design process
Obviously different jobs require different tasks. Websites require organization of files, content and back-end prep. Whereas, designing a logo might involve initially doing some hand sketches and mockups. That said, the creative process is usually the same. I talk with the client and make sure we are on the same page as far as what they are envisioning. I also research the competition to see what’s out there. I never feel comfortable going in blind where’s there’s a chance of replicating what’s already been done. Being creative and uniques is really important to me.