My work centers on the innocence of my childhood memories and my zeal for mushrooms, children’s books, rabbits, and abstract forms. Patterns and shapes found in nature fascinate me. I am continuously drawn to mushrooms, every component of this species from its shape, color and texture inspires to me to link my past and present.
Growing up, mushrooms continued to be a repeated theme within nightly bedtime stories, Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow, left a lasting impression. The images in the book depicted the story of a family, dressed in clothing meant to resemble a mushroom, and gave way to the beginnings of a life long fascination. With each mushroom I collect, create and see I am reminded of memories when I was still a wide eyed child, mesmerized by the iconic image of a Fly Agaric with it’s white stem, red cap and white spots.
I incorporate elements of repetition and line as a catalyst for my creative process. As these components fuse together I begin to see shapes form, allowing me to visualize color and content. Once I envision the piece, I choose acrylic, for more defined pieces and watercolor, for softer tones and flow.
Recently in my growth as an artist I began to explore the world of book arts, and am becoming captivated by the process. As I combine watercolor, acrylic paints and book making, I blend my inspiration and craft together as I explore methods that allow me to challenge myself artistically.
Check out my website: http://shantisponder.wordpress.com/