Q: What is your medium?
A: I suppose it is best described as mixed media. I use anything and everything that is required to transfer my vision to paper. That includes acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, pencil and powder, spray enamel paint, latex house paint, glue, gauche, etc. I have even, on occasion, used beet juice, mustard and tea to achieve the color or hue that I needed. And I use a variety of tools and instruments to apply the medium and/or manipulate the surface: foam brushes, paint rollers, scrapers, palette knives, paper towels, sand paper, sponges and more.
My process begins with 22″ x 30″ acid-free Canson Edition paper. I always work on the same size paper. I tape off my live area so the finished size of my paintings is always 20¼″ x 28¾″. I then prepare the surface with a special gesso that contains dry wall compound mix, sand, glue and more. I alter the amounts of the ingredients to achieve the surface texture I need for the piece I am going to create. Once the surface is dry, the fun can begin.
Q: Is your art your occupation or a hobby?
A: Fine art has become an occupation. My time is divided between Fowl Play Studio and Al Navarre Design.