I had a wonderful day sharing my art process with the whole school in the media center at Maryvale Elementary in Rockville, MD. I discussed how pictures have the ability to tell stories just like words do; my step by step collage process; the motivation behind my book Grandma's Purple Flowers and how artists use Art Elements to communicate mood and tone in their art. The children from Kindergarten through Fifth grade were smart, attentive and presented several thought-provoking questions.
Collages of sunflowers, colorful self portraits and narratives comparing themselves to something in nature, filled a collaborative banner entitled "We Are The Living World" created by third graders and Kennedy Center Resident artist Adjoa Burrowes. This banner along with students Haiku's, collages, accordion artists books and flag books will be on display at a celebration on Monday at Savoy Elementary. Students and their teacher created an interactive Creative Living World Museum to showcase their work in the classroom and during the residency.
I see myself as a visual storyteller. My narrative mixed media art explores the interaction of words, symbols, and imagery in my art making. My craving for the tactile keeps me bound in traditional printmaking and painting— however, my interest in new technologies has pushed me to explore digital processes and the marriage of the two.