I create my collages using paper, colored pencil, marker, pastel, paint, chalk, fabric, and photographs that I take. I also draw and paint with watercolor crayons on watercolor canvas and draw with colored pencil on textured paper. My art style is realism, more or less, but there's something askew and symbolic about it. I think of it as enchanted realism, located at the intersection of reality and dreams or wishes and memories.
I've been influenced by Henri Rousseau, who set out to reproduce the world photographically and ended up creating a world of enchantment; by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Marc Chagall, Brian Kershisnik, Della Wells, Eric Fischl, and Edward Hopper; by Alice Hoffman and Dara Horn; and by other artists, writers, and musicians. I often incorporate words and music (notes or instruments) into my artwork.