I have always been intrigued by caves, cave drawings, and rock art. They have a true mystical quality about them. I try to communicate these mystical qualities in my paintings. My rock art is mainly abstract in nature and the symbols arise intuitively on the painting surface.
I generally start my paintings by using various acrylic gels and building up the surface in layers. She use many techniques and materials, including torn paper strips, canvas pieces dipped in gesso and, crumpled printmaking papers to re-create the textural feel of cave walls. I then drop varied mixtures of earth colors onto her painting surface, encouraging the colors to mix and bleed into each other. Iridescent and Interference acrylic paints are glazed on the surface to recreate the shimmer that you see when light strikes the cave walls.
Every cave painting, every rock art I create involves experimentation. I often carve, paint, or stencil the symbols that will define the individual piece. The result is a painting that echoes the style and mystery of petroglyphs that were first set upon stone thousands of years in the past.