I have focused my talents on the art of paper cutting since 2008. I turned my attention towards this art form because I was drawn to the bold imagery of the paper cut silhouette and the intriguing shadows they cast. I am self-taught in this discipline and I still experiment with new materials and styles.
The artistic process
My designs begin by sketching an idea and giving it a sense of movement and playfulness. I will then draw the image on the back of the paper that is to be cut. Using a scissor or knife blade, I'll carefully cut away the paper to reveal the image. I am inspired by the German paper cut art Scherenschnitte (pronounced: sharon-SNIT-tah) and how it portrays everyday life in silhouette form.The cards and prints are crafted and printed in Pittsburgh,PA.
Where do the ideas for your art come from?
It is a question I get asked a lot! I really think that many of the images and scenes I draw have been influenced by the books that were read to me as a child. My art has an illustrative quality reminiscent of classic picture books. My favorite stories were from Hans Christian Anderson ... I later found out that he enjoyed paper cutting. Coincidence?