The point of departure for a work is almost always the concept and the idea. To that end, I use traditional media - such as such as hand-made gouache paint, ink, graphite and sometimes silverpoint - freely along with collage, glass objects, found objects and / or prints in my work. For the ease of visual classification, however, these works are termed as traditional media.
My training and exploration as an artist includes traditional Byzantine icon-making, medieval manuscript illumination and gilding. Im also informed by miniature painting from the Indian subcontinent. Wherever possible, I grind my own pigments made from natural minerals or plant-based matter into color-dense gouache paints. India inks and pigmented shellac based inks are hand-dipped with a stylus to create monochromatic, detailed and complex imagery in a meditative and labor-intensive process. Im very conscious of using archival and acid-free materials (wherever possible) to promote and enhance the longevity of my paper-based works.