Chasing Tornadoes and Dreams
The Chasing Tornadoes and Dreams series felt like each painting became like a diary or journal entry. For the first time, I allowed the work to change, drift and evolve, as needed. As events unfolded in my own life, the paintings then became metaphorical representations of the experiences. I used images that I was drawn to and didn't necessarily have a plan for the allegorical element within the work.
The children's imagery came from my daughter's drawings as a three-year-old and my interest in how Zoe saw the world as a young child, with a sense of naivete, enthusiasm, and purity. She wasn't bound by the knowledge of the anatomy of a bird, the laws of gravity, or even the color of the sky. She drew how she wanted it to be. I tried to capture some of this freedom by using her interpretations of dogs, cats, houses, flowers, suns, and birds in my work.
I enjoy the juxtaposition between Zoe's viewpoint and the complexity of my own world (that sometimes I become lost in). These facets collide to create this body of work, which changed as external influences changed my life