My belief in the oneness of everything in the universe and my fascination with nature are the primary inspirations for my work. As a gardener and hiker, I have a close relationship with plants and trees in particular. This spiritual monoprint collage painting is a reflection of those influences. I have always been a fan of fantasy stories, starting with fairytales as a child. Humans have always personified nature, going as far back into prehistory as we know. Not having the scientific knowledge to understand these natural forces, they were often thought of as spiritual or supernatural beings, such as gods, goddesses, fairies, angels, and demons. Many people who practice nature-based religions still find meaning in connecting to the powers of nature in this way. You don’t have to believe that plants have consciousness to enjoy Seedling, a beautiful work of surrealism/ fantasy art that reminds us of the sacredness of nature. I feel I’m successful if the viewer can look at the piece over and over, and continue to find something new or beautiful in it.
Seedling is a mixed media monoprint collage painting I created by adding various media to a monoprint. A monoprint is an original, one-off print made by putting printing inks on a smooth surface and then transferring it onto heavy-weight 100% cotton printmaking paper, using an etching press (hand-powered). I often print plant materials, building up many layers of transparent ink to achieve a rich, brilliant image. Each piece is passed through the press many times, until I feel that I can expand it into a finished piece. There is no permanent plate, so the image cannot be repeated. I feel I’m successful if the viewer can look at the piece over and over, and continue to find something new or beautiful in it. I hope you will find beauty in this piece, and purchase it to enjoy in your own home.