Folk art or fine art, any image is a combination of shapes. They give structure to my assemblage, sculptural and painterly works. I watch and listen as they converse with each other through volume, position, color, and form. Those are my guides for creating cohesive art.
I may dabble as I walk by in the shop. Or push paint around on a momentary basis. But as soon as I put my smock on, I get down to business. Smock is serious attitude. I have a relationship with my smock - I become committed to the task as soon as donning it. It carries the memories and colors of long ago sold folk art. And over time, new colors appear. I used to be able say what year that color joined my smock smear, but I don't keep track anymore. Still, those colors have added artistic ancestral strength as the layers increase. It's my armor (and fashion diversion) signifying me as one of many Creative Soldiers.