Over the past several years I have been drawn to Prismacolor pencil as my medium because of the high saturation of color possible and the intense planning of composition necessary for a high quality result. I enjoy noticing every detail of line and color, and how each drawing grows from the initial grisaille process through the layering of color, adding of detail, and burnishing and softening to achieve a seamless blending of color and a sharp and bright final image. Vibrant realism from a humble start is why I am passionate about the process.
My current series of work glorifies the tasty pleasures in life, from junk food and dessert to corner store sandwiches and little indulgences. The crinkled wrapper of a blow pop, the folded ham slices, dripping mayo and bright red onion on a sandwich are so easily overlooked and taken for granted (or quickly eaten or unwrapped). My goal is to highlight these simple things so the viewer may take a moment to appreciate them as art and nostalgia.
I have chosen to donate a portion of sales from my current work to organizations that aid in fighting eating disorders. This has given my work even more meaning than usual and also much motivation to expand this series. Students, friends and family are always chiming in on what I should draw next based on their own favorite foods. I so enjoy conversations with people about their food pleasures and how different food may look when larger than life.