I tend to use a variety of visual "languages" or styles when creating my work and I consider myself the narrator. However any story I'm telling needs to be told in a way that makes most sense, whether it needs to be described using abstraction, representationalism or naturalism. It definitely keeps my work both challenging and interesting. I really "dug-in" when creating this. I consider this sketchbook an overview of my entire body of work and yet, mostly it highlights where I'm at currently with my work. I tried not to listen to that inner voice that says I should be doing anything this way or that and just reveled in creating. I use a lot of media and love to create layers upon layers. I am motivated by the idea of being an observer and narrator, a visual story-teller and the stories have multiple layers of truth, deceit, glory, wonder, memory, timelines, understanding, confusion and more continually. I suppose every artist is a visual story-teller. Yet as of late, I am especially aware that I want my stories - or part of the stories at least - to mean something to the viewer, not just to me as the creator. I would be honoured if it were to connect with others on any level and they brought their own meaning to the work. Doing this project was enthralling for me because it kept me focused on something outside of my studio and part of something bigger. I am also passionate about sharing art for the betterment of community and community engagement and would like to be involved in more large-scale community projects as well as being in the studio. This gives others the chance to share their stories as well and really feel they have a voice and a sense of value within their communities. The Sketchbook Project kept me motivated and was equally a little daunting as I was aware that if I created something with which I was less than happy, I still had to keep going to create something better. And yet, I now view this as a stepping stone to more projects with The Sketchbook Project and the Brooklyn Art Library. I am very grateful for this opportunity!
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