“I can’t stop myself from spiraling into detail. I love detail!”
I can’t see the forest, for the trees. Then I can’t see the tree for the leaves, or the nest in the branches, the bark, the lichen on the bark – I can’t stop myself from spiraling deep into detail. I love detail! Nature is always the subject but I’m not interested in suggesting plants or animals. I want to draw the buds and nodes on every stick, the veins on the leaf and the feathers on every bird because exploring how these elements form the object thoroughly engages my attention.
For years I have worked in the ‘detail friendly’ mediums of egg tempera and silverpoint but I have recently been captured by drawing with carbon pencils in a range of hardnesses. This work began with a series of oversized imaginary nests and allows me to play with detail and value without color.
I’m that person you see examining the underside of a branch or bent intently over something on the side of the road as you drive by. No need to stop – I’m okay.