My design is about this vision of an ideal place. I wanted to use animals as subject matter since I often use deer as a motif in my work. Also my sponsor has a beautiful dog,Muffin, and she became a part of the image. The image suggests that animals, nature and technology can coexist in a peaceful environment. It took a long time for me to come up with the design because the theme “Sustainability” is such a complex topic. It can be dealt with in different aspects: economy, environment, or society. After contemplation, I decided to focus on the idea of place where there is a sense of equilibrium.
I have been using bright colors in my work for a while. I think that is my palette. I seem to gravitate towards those bright, saturated colors. In recent work, I’ve used those colors to contrast with the neutral colors of the deer motif to suggest spacial differences. I want to create an image where illusion and flatness coexist. I use gouache paint, acrylic paint and collage as my primary media. Also, I use pen and ink, and experiment with other three-dimensional materials-most recently wool felt.