Art is my rabbit hole, my way to express and enjoy myself in my own little world. Whether my art is ceramics, painting, drawing or graphic design I am able to lose myself within my ideas. My ideas stem from the real world and my experiences. In my art I can create, discuss and discover truths about the world around me while enjoying myself immensely. Art is mainly about enjoyment to me. I am at peace when I work on art. The stressful thoughts that are usually present disappear when I'm being creative. My ceramic work varies in style, however the technique I favor is hand building. I use modified slabs, additive and reductive techniques and basic sculpting skills to create both decorative and functional pieces.
My favorite finishing technique is slip and sgraffito with the occasional under-glaze of high fire glaze. Sgraffito is a form of decoration where an outer layer is scratched away to revel a lower one. This process is used with many mediums, however being a ceramic artist, I use slip as the over coat and a clay body as the lower one. Contrasting colors and values are generally used to create works of art with impact. I prefer the extremes of the color spectrum; either very neutral and earthy or ultra bright and modern.
I am just beginning to actively and seriously pursue two dimensional works including painting, sketching and graphic illustration. I have had enough time to develop loose preferences in style and color. However, I have not yet developed a specific artistic style. Often, I prefer gray scale illustrations that focus on depth, form and perspective. My art generally uses more organic forms. I have become quite fond of my illustration technique where swirl-like shapes compound into an image (examples on page 2). Although I work more in graphite and charcoal, I also enjoy the use of color when derived from pastels, colored pencils, and acrylic or water color paints.
The programs I use for graphic illustration are Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. These programs have offered me options that not only come close to the limitless creativity of drawing but in some cases surpass them. Although I am just beginning to formally improve my two dimensional art through the use of established techniques, sketching and painting have always been something I've enjoyed doing recreationally. I will continue to pursue both two dimensional art in my future career as a graphic designer and three dimensional art for my love of ceramics.