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.
As a young child I was mesmerized by my Mother's Stangl pottery.
The living room's Caucasian rug would entertain me for hours. My eyes
would follow the lines and angles under pared down compositions typical in folk art designs. I
was a fan. I didn't know it would be a life calling.
In a former life, I was a graphic designer. That term covers much: Art Director for a lifestyle magazine, Paste-up Artist (rubber cement, anyone?), A Stripper in prepress, Advertising Layout Artist. The thread was the graphic part of graphic design.
It continues to influence me. It was such an early hands on education. I hope my artwork reflects that charisma today.