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I primarily paint in watercolor, though when I do paint in acrylic, or
water-based oils I usually add so much water anyway. I have some pieces
that are chalk pastel, etchings, engravings. On the computer, I will do
a mix of traditional and digital art. I also take photographs which are
I paint primarily with watercolors (Windsor & Newton tubes) on hot-pressed
Arches watercolor blocks, in usually 12 x 16, 14 x 20 and 18 x 24 inch
sizes. I don't use brushes much, but a palette knife, lots of water and
granulation fluid. I add gloss to the finished painting with gum arabic,
or if it is an acrylic painting, gloss and sometimes varnish. I move the
paper around and let the paint dance for the spontaneous effects.
I am very, very picky about what art & writing I like. My favorite
artists are the Symbolists, post-Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites, Paul
Klee, Julia Margeret Cameron, the Glasgow Four (especially Frances McNair
and Margaret MacDonald), Marc Chagall, Leonara Fini, Gustav Klimt, Odilon
Redon, Gustav Moreau, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Arthur Rackham, Kai Nielsen,
and Edmund Dulac. To a lesser extent, also: Diego Rivera, Alphons Mucha,
William Blake, Marc Chagall, Leonara Fini, Edvard Munch and John Atkinson
Grimshaw. I am also heavily influenced by Tibetan thankghas, Asian &
Indian paintings, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and spiritual/religious
art in general. Some of my favorite contemporaries are Beth Bajema, Karla
Moreira, Nemo, Reinhard Schmid, Kris Waldherr, Deborah Koff-Chapin, Astra,
Julie Higgins, Cherry Sweig, Suza Scalora, Mara Friedman, Krista Lynn
Brown, Ragen Mendenhall, Brian and Wendy Froud, and William Winden.
My favorite fiction and creative non-fiction writers include: Edwidge
Danticat, Jeanette Winterson, Kathryn Harrison, Yxta
Maya Murray, Laura
Kassichke, Hermann Hesse, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais
Nin, Edith Wharton, Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, Jon Krakhauer and
Kahlil Gibran. Some of my favorite non-fiction writers have been Robert
Johnson, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Barbara Walker, Jean Shinoda Bolen,
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Nor Hall, Angeles Arrien, Monica Sjoo and Barbara
My friend observed that when I paint, I create a "sacred magick
circle" around myself. I often do so with music, incense, candles,
prayer. Some of the music I listen to and feel most inspired by is the
Bulgarian Women's Choir, chants, ethnic and tribal music, Dead Can Dance,
the Cranes, Peter Gabriel/old Genesis, Tori Amos, Led Zeppelin, some Enya,
some Cocteau Twins, some classical music.
I have taken a handful of art classes at the Evergreen
State University and Humboldt
State University. Most of my skills are self-taught. I have never
taken a watercolor class. Having an artist mom probably helped though.
She taught me to see. I wanted to "be an artist" when I was
4. I discovered writing and illustration when I illustrated my first book,
The Pegacorn (a combo of the Unicorn and the Pegasus) at 9, when I realized
there was nothing more I wanted to do than write, paint and help the world
in some way.
Aquafemina was designed by myself and Chris Cook. Meline Roth, Mark
Lenord and Solitude
were also consulted for their advice.
The script font used throughout the site is called Scriptina, which
is available in both Mac and PC versions at dafont.com.
It was recommended to me by Solitude,
who does some beautiful web design. The other font used is Verdana.
Aquafemina is graciously hosted by Vantek
Communications, Inc., TheDigest.Com
Thank you, Van Hefner!