Our bodies are touched by time and sunlight and have their own textures and lines. I think of age being recorded in my hands just as in the rings of trees. I am drawn to forms and textures that are furrowed, decayed, faded, autumnal.
Hands, the essential tooI I rely on as an artist, are continually interwoven in my art. Contour drawing involves sensing the edges of a form with your eyes as you simultaneously move your drawing hand to mark it on paper. I augment this connection by touching the leaves with one hand and drawing the relationship with the other. I start simply with pencil or Conte crayon, and then use Prismacolor pencils on toned and textured papers that show through into the forms. As the drawing unfolds, I let whatever elements come into the composition from my garden or from my imagination.