To tell you what my art means, I must tell you what excites me. My age has passed me through many versions of the culture we live in, here in the United States. Yes, our culture has had versions. Reminiscing about the past has its place but I prefer to stay intensely involved with what's happening and sometimes I choose to react in an "art way" to those observations. I take my images from all and any sources. Many times I shoot my own stills. I come from over 10 years of shooting video for local television and have spent a good part of my years behind a lens.
With my low rider jeans series, I am reactionary to the style and trend in fashion. My wedding dress etchings looks at the cost of weddings in the US and the media's push for couture dresses instead of off the rack versions. "Flip Flops" works around "the market" for the inexpensive casual shoe and notes how little interest travelers on cruises have for learning about countries they visit.
My fascination with Afghanistan is born from not connecting in my college years with the Vietnam War, but again, as an older artist, looking at the fact that we put our foot into Afghanistan. We now have responsibilities to those people. What Afghans must think as they witness the technology equipped troops and the continued wars that have plagued that part of the world. I would note to you that the Afghanistan governments expenditure on medical needs was at $4 per person in 2010...that should begin our understanding. In some instances I realize that I know nothing about the women in Afghanistan...and the burka is part of that mystery. But as a woman, mother, grandmother I worry for her and I know she holds the key to her country's destiny.
My landscapes continue my search for light. I feel strongly about the light provided by the Sun, the Water and the Wind.
We have natural gifts of energy. I look for the light that is given to all of us...and ask what will wel make of it.
Women's rights will continue to be an interest to me. My mother tells about her mother fighting for the right to vote, so perhaps it’s in the genes.
Please share with me your reactions to my work and your thoughts about our world.