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Artist Statement: I call myself a mix media artist simply because I express creativity in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, gouache, pencil, collage, clay, plaster, glass, metals, plastics, mosaic, textiles, and wood..sometimes all at the same time! I will mix anything with my paint to get an effect. In addition to canvas and murals, I make art out of anything! Repurposed, or usefull thingamajigs- furniture, guitars, mannequins, refrigerators, telephones, etc... I have always been drawn to Outsider and folk art, Frida Kahlo, and mexican day of the dead art, but then I love classical art as well, but wait, I adore Andy Warhol, and Peter Max, so lets throw in a little Pop Art too. I love working on canvas with oils...but I like acrylics better because they give me more of that instant gratification I crave. I love the feel of a good creamy pastel, but I do not like using only pastels for a whole painting. In my early college days, when someone would ask me what kind of art I did, I would babble on about all these mediums, and what ever my latest passion was at the time; only to be met with a glazed over look of confusion. I am glad they now have got a name for my eccentricities- Mixed Media. Though, sometimes I do have to explain what mixed media is. With all that said- Among the artists who have influenced my work are, Peter Max, Niki De Saint-Phalle, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Piero Fornasetti, and Rene Magritte. Other influences are always my surroundings, books, songs, pop culture, funky folk art, as well as the classical art of the masters. I was born and raised in California, but now make my home on an acre and a half, in the desert of the Southwest; with my husband of 22 years, my twenty-one year old son, an intense German Shepherd named Karma, and two rambunctious Rough Collies named Mojo and Elvis. Oh, and there is an abundance of desert wildlife here too...Coyotes, Jack Rabbits, as well as two birds that I have never seen in real life before- a Vulture, and a Roadrunner. I must say, the Vulture looks nothing like Beaky Buzzard on Bugs Bunny, and never once have I heard a Roadrunner say Beep beep.