Art is so many things to people and in my life has taken form in an assortment of medium. I left a dance teaching career ten years ago to stay at home and care for my elderly, disabled mother. I was tightly tethered to the house for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for ten years until she passed away in July 2019. I consider her, my masterpiece.
Immovability presented newfound respite exercises. I completed my master’s degree in interdisciplinary fine art, created a curating service for a local arts center, became a native plant specialist while landscaping the yard, found art materials in nature, and developed a print-making practice from the patina of rusted copper and steel I call, Patina Prints.
My 2D patina printmaking is a collaboration with nature. It happens by first creating images (mostly of trees) using various learned techniques and positioning odd shapes and sizes of metal on the ground. I then place cotton fabric over the arrangement and soak in vinegar. The Florida sun and humidity oxidize the metals while imprinting the intended image on the fabric. The fabric is then fixed and mounted on a substrate for preservation.
The printmaking has continued into my newfound single life, as has native plant landscaping and teaching environmental artwork. I hold private studio/gallery showings at my home and present at various local exhibitions which have proven very successful. As a curator, I am only too familiar with the effort and cost that goes into art marketing. This digital Artfinder approach is smart.