A writer friend used a word I didn’t know when she described my mixed-media paintings. I immediately embraced it as “my” word.
The word is:
pal·imp·sest [ˈpaləm(p)ˌsest] n. 1. a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. 2. something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.
I love mixing colors, mixing papers, mixing media (and, truth be told, mixing metaphors) to create my paintings. Anything I can “layer up” or deconstruct is fair game in my studio.
I spent my professional career working in the arts/entertainment/event worlds but always “behind the scenes” so it is a thrill to be creating my own work. I’m now showing in galleries, selling work here and there and, most importantly, making my heart happy by working in my studio just about each and every day.