Sparks aka Grunge Hobbit lives in Tehachapi, a small mountain town in CA. She began painting just a few years ago,
“From the first moment I brushed paint to canvas, I was captivated by both the process and the results of converting my feelings into something tangible and visually compelling”.
Sparks has embarked on an intense and prolific period of self-education and experimentation, producing over 600 canvases in both oil and acrylic. Some of her favorite paintings are created using techniques that cede some of the control to the medium — using alcohol, canned air, or simply tilting the canvas and and letting the paint go where it will. Others of her favorites involve very deliberate techniques that create interesting textures with fingers, palette knife, body parts, sand from her backyard, etc.
Says the Grunge Hobbit, “I don’t have one noticeable style. I like painting using all kinds of techniques and styles from the very detailed to the minimal abstract. Although, I do use alcohol like none other because not only do I use many different kinds of alcohol I create objects and my subjects with alcohol as well. It’s rare to see the me painting without a shot glass filled with tequila, scotch or some other booze near by. Painting for me is as it is for many artists, a passion, a lovely obsession, an addictive craving that will never be satisfied fully. There is no choice for me, I must paint”. Today I’m drinking beer…..