In my earlier work one can see that I have an affinity towards pattern and texture and revel in the mark-making connected to it. I was exploring quilting patterns, using found materials and a variety of papers to create the textured backgrounds of my paintings upon which I created landscapes based on photos I have taken. The quilting approach signified my interest in "women's work" as well as hinted at the comforting elements associated with blankets. This also makes reference to my rural childhood where every room had a quilt and the notion of reusing materials: wasting not, wanting not--was prevalent.
That said, I have stopped painting and begun to draw again. The landscapes are still somewhat devoid of human interaction and reflect on themes within nature; dormancy, regrowth and conservation. There are more varied tree lines and include more man-made aspects such as telephone poles, fence-lines and roads to reflect how society is infringing upon the environment.
I like pairing the subject matter of nature with that of the wooden textures found in the lath. The history of the lath, once functioning as walls--as shelter--parallels the protective function of the quilts. The immediacy of drawing on plaster/drywall mud with graphite has led to more experiments with acrylic media aiming to create a less porous, less delicate surface.