When I was young, I was fascinated by the shorts which showed people making large murals out of small photographs, or drawings with detailed lifework. I've always been interested in the microcosm. The small details which together make larger pictures. I've been doodling all of my life, and most of the patterns you see in my work, are habitual. Margins of notepads and books would be filled with arrows, and dots, and hearts, and scrawled flowers, and vines, and other things. It wasn't until a friend introduced me to the concept of Zentangle for anxiety-relief, that I realized I could take the patterns from my head and make something else from them. In that moment, the patterns became less of a way to disgorge what was in my mind, and instead, began to form the foundation for bigger pictures and works.
I call my drawing style 'Abstract Realism', because the patterns are abstract, but constructed in such a way as to approximate realism. If you look closely, you can see the individual patterns I've constructed. Step back, and you'll see the big picture. I love how this mirrors life.
I love to paint. When I was in college I did a lot of abstract painting. Nowadays, my interest runs to painting with drawings or fiber elements over them. I don't have any yet, but I'll be posting my experiments in the future!