I take on projects and create the pieces I do in order to prove to myself that I can. It all starts innocently enough…just a simple what if thought or an idea that I should thank someone or the desire to see if I can imitate or execute a particular style…then I’m off and running.
I set it up as challenge, which usually includes at least one new-to-me technique and often is a response to the work of another artist’s approach, an occurrence in nature, a combination of techniques, or an exploration of color. It’s always a bonus when the desire to create coincides with the desire to give a gift.
My appreciation of and capacity for finely crafted detail can lead to some pretty complicated projects. I am often not satisfied to repeat a technique over and over when there are so many more for me to try.