One of my earliest memories, at the age of three, was with my Granddad in his amazing garden. He also had a blue work shed (behind him), and he would put me on his knee and show me the things he was making. In the blue shed, he made lots of different things one of which he gave to me. It was a looking glass. A magnifying lens he had mounted between a square piece of wood. I remember going into his garden looking at the wonderful designs of nature, magnified. I was entranced by my discoveries in this circular lens. I wasn’t seeing the whole of things but a circular field of color, light and texture. Things would come in and out of focus, appear and disappear, as I moved throughout the garden. Little did I know the impact of this small gift. Flash forward, I remember distinctly, at the age of eight, using crayons, colored pencils and markers, on paper and in coloring books, experimenting for hours @ a time, day on end. Silently coloring outside and listening to nature, a friend sat down next to me at the picnic table. She broke my silence with a question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Without skipping a beat, or looking up from the dazzling colors I was blending, mixing and layering, I said,
“I want to be an artist”.
Flash forward. I earned a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and an M.S. in Art Education, still something was missing. I started experimenting with technology; layering, painting / drawing, mixing imagery, blending work from the past and present. I found that I could combine analog and digital techniques. I started thinking about venues in which people could see the work and purchase my creations.
GMV PRINTWORK was born.
My store is representative of work I am currently producing. Created digitally these abstractions are firmly rooted in the real world. Through imaginative picture making and image of thought these images appear / appeal to one's psyche and personal sense of beauty. They are, what I call, "simulated-collage paintings". I work from intuition, with intention. Digital art, contemporary conceptual ism, abstract nature, new media, mixed-media are all further descriptors of the work.