Denise Flores on Feb 18, 2014
Wheee! What a great, little print of the ever-awesome Neko Case. My package arrived lightning-fast and secured perfectly between two pieces of cardboard. Thanks again!
Because Nobody Told Her She Couldn't
It comes naturally for me to paint on scrap wood - my great grandmother, Loy Brown, used almost exclusively various reclaimed pieces of wood as the base for her lifelong passion for painting in South Georgia. Like Brown, I also have a tendency to paint animals. They just make sense to me. (Except for bears. It is a running joke in our household that I can only draw bears if it is an accident.)
I started working with the "insides of things" as I began to take apart my worldview and put it back together. What I found, curled up in the crevices of bones and sleeping in knotted sinews, was an infrastructure of stories and memories, connotations and layers of mythologies. I have come to believe that we humans are almost entirely composed of stories that shape the way we behave and the way we perceive the world around us.
I hope to hear your stories as I share mine with you!
I've been making up stories for a very long time (thank goodness for Fisher Price tape recorders!) and I don't show signs of stopping. These visual stories just kind of pour out of my hands when I least expect it. From my mind to my pen to your home!
1. Keep moving.
2. Make a damn thing.
3. Do it well.
4. Take care of your tools.
5. Be brave.
Here at Foxtrot it is all about the story in something. I use recycled or reclaimed materials to paint on about 85% of the time, but I'd rather it was more. The "new to me" stuff makes it more fun to try and tell my stories on. I prefer irregular shapes, but I use whatever materials I can get...
When you find a piece that resonates with you, please tell me about it! I would love to hear the stories that you have!
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