It is not about what you see but what you feel
My Grandmother was the one who introduced me to art, saying itÍs not about what you see but what you feel. IÍve always carried that philosophy over to my work. To be able to make the viewer see what I feel has been a constant goal for every piece I do.
IÍve worked in all sorts of media: clay, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite pencil, paint, and woodcut, but pen has always been my favorite. Using something as basic as line to command the viewerÍs eye, directing it in a specific way across the page, can be a very powerful tool, even making the image move on the page.
During my first opening in November of 1998, I spent a lot of time watching people view my work. The reaction was interesting in that they would move back and forth between 2 or 3 pieces trying to decide "which one they liked best". The opening was supposed to end at midnight but at 2 am people were still wandering in and out of the gallery. The owners said that they never had a show when they had to ask people to leave so we could clean up and go home. I was thrilled that people had a hard time deciding which one they liked best, and that they stayed so long.
I took some intro level classes at a local community college (Drawing, Design my favorite, and Art History). I made the mistake of buying radiographs first, and really felt cheated when they kept clogging and skipping. I went back to the store and bought Micron Pigma and have been devoted to them ever since. The coverage and quality I get from using Micron Pigma pens is extraordinary, I never have to keep going over the same design more than once to get the perfect saturation. I love these pens, and after 8 years I still feel the same way.