My work is, and always has been, inspired by nature. I love the challenge of creating creatures of fur, feathers, or fins, exploring ways to bring life to each through the art of pyrography. I begin with the eyes to capture the essence/soul of the animal - an approach that comes from my Chinese brush training. Once I am satisfied with the eyes, I will work on the rest of the piece, burning lightly, and then reworking adding depth and contrast with appropriate pens until I am satisfied.
My process involves the ‘magic’ of lines which, for me, define shapes and details that construct the three-dimensionality that is a defining characteristic of my artistry.
I begin with an idea, sometimes inspired by the wood itself. Generally, I do not pre-sketch on the wood - preferring to begin each piece with pyrographic pens, though I do create a basic plan when I am cutting shapes with my scroll-saw.
From pen & ink to pyrography with a variety of media in between; a natural leap. Pyrography is a visceral experience: I love the natural colors of burned wood, feeling no need to add color.