My introduction to polymer clay came after learning that Japanese cherry blossom trees do not thrive in the Albertan climate. I sculpted and framed one to hang on a wall, out of reach from my curious toddlers' grasping fingers. I began creating polymer clay images of nature on canvas to enjoy the beauty of God's creation minus the allergic reactions.
I am drawn to the tactile image-editing process that layering imagery affords. Experimenting with paint and polymer clay resulted in an interdisciplinary crossover where sculptures became a canvas for paint and canvas was sculpted with glues, grounds and mediums.
Cultivated hot house flowers, wildflowers in ditches, and wildfire-ravaged forests in recovery inspire me as do gradient skylines, physiology and butterfly confetti at a Coldplay concert. The influence of Emile Bellet's Technicolor landscapes seeps into my work with heavy hits of color.
Potential subjects form vivid images in my head that linger until they are sketched. As they sit on the backburner, I work my way through creating their predecessors. The urgency to manifest becomes dampened but the yearning to create it remains.