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METAMORPHOSE
9' x 4'2" Sumi ink and acrylic on raw canvas
Quammen Health Care Consultants Corporate Art Collection

A new brush tool in the studio is both exciting and frightening(!) especially when it's one of the primary tools used in creating my work. The black ink markings on Metamorphose were created with a new mop/brush tool designed for the way I paint unstretched canvas on the studio floor. Previously, heavy, ink-saturated mops were held vertically – but this new arrival features a counterweight on the opposite end to offset the heaviness –  creating a lightweight, horizontally balanced tool.

Excited to paint with the new mop, I was suddenly thwarted by a jolt of fear as I realized my well-honed rhythm and style of gestural, Zen-like mop painting was about to change. I thought for a moment…I don't have to use this new tool. I could use the old, heavy ones. An unbridled willingness then filled me, to let go of all painting tools, goals and aspirations. Often pondering connections between my studio work and my life experiences, I see Metamorphose as a quantum leap in my work (and self-growth.)

This painting was created because, at the moment of standing in the threshold of change, I wholeheartedly threw to the wind years of honing my personalized style of brush painting – all for the challenge between familiarity and embracing the unknown of new beginnings of creativity and self. Metamorphose as in life, as in art.

2011

METAMORPHOSE
9' x 4'2" Sumi ink and acrylic on raw canvas
Quammen Health Care Consultants Corporate Art Collection

A new brush tool in the studio is both exciting and frightening(!) especially when it's one of the primary tools used in creating my work. The black ink markings on Metamorphose were created with a new mop/brush tool designed for the way I paint unstretched canvas on the studio floor. Previously, heavy, ink-saturated mops were held vertically – but this new arrival features a counterweight on the opposite end to offset the heaviness – creating a lightweight, horizontally balanced tool.

Excited to paint with the new mop, I was suddenly thwarted by a jolt of fear as I realized my well-honed rhythm and style of gestural, Zen-like mop painting was about to change. I thought for a moment…I don't have to use this new tool. I could use the old, heavy ones. An unbridled willingness then filled me, to let go of all painting tools, goals and aspirations. Often pondering connections between my studio work and my life experiences, I see Metamorphose as a quantum leap in my work (and self-growth.)

This painting was created because, at the moment of standing in the threshold of change, I wholeheartedly threw to the wind years of honing my personalized style of brush painting – all for the challenge between familiarity and embracing the unknown of new beginnings of creativity and self. Metamorphose as in life, as in art.

2011