This Marc Chagall quote really encompasses where I am at in my process. I think art means so many different things to different people, but for me at this point in my life, my art is an extension of my experience of the nature around me. My process is very simple - I walk in nature, I paint. My work is a transmission of that energy.
How I chose to communicate this is through gouache. Gouache moves with water in such an elemental way, and like nature, it can grow, expand, blend, bleed, splatter, move, be translucent and layered and brushed away. Gouache lends itself to the “lifting off” technique really well, which is one of my favorite techniques. Brushing away paint creates form and offers a depth to the stroke. It feels like movement. “Dropping in color” looks like a composite of minerals, or galaxy clusters. Important techniques to help me communicate.
Gouache is such a portable medium, so I can really paint almost anywhere. Plein air is powerful for me because I get to paint in the actual environment that inspires me. But I do prefer to paint at home with my comforts and silence. Not that I don't love feeling the wind on my face and the smell of trees, or scrunching my feet in sand. But It’s easy for me to be connected at home with the added benefit of the elements being a little more under control - especially at night or on a rainy day.