I love finding inspiration in everything around me. From my sweet dogs to my bright blooming garden: inspiration really can be found anywhere, as long as you are open to it.
But aside from the inspiration found in the every day, I think a good portion of it can be found in the great artists of the past and of the present.
My favorite artist has always been Henri Matisse. I absolutely love his use of pattern, color and light.
There are so many aspects of Matisse as an artist that I have always held so dear in my own art and design practice.
His dedication to the value of decoration coupled by his love of Islamic Art. I often research images of the intricately patterned tiles of Morocco when looking for inspiration for my geometric patterns.
The bold bursts of color, pattern play and brush strokes. Pure, rich colors against a white background, create a fresh, light-filled atmosphere.
His images of comfort - He wanted his art to have the effect of a good armchair on a tired business man. He didn’t want to paint anything that was depressing or troubling. My first thought when I begin a painting is always, “Will this design make somebody smile?”
The beautiful spontaneity in his paintings and cut outs. This spontaneity has always inspired me to let my paintbrush take the lead...I always start with a rough sketch, but the finished piece is usually much different than I could have ever imagined.
I love to paint and I can't possibly imagine my life without it. Matisse was so dedicated to making art, that even while bedridden at the end of his life, he was still able to create, cutting paper painted with gouache in bold colors and pinning it to his walls.