Michelle Rothacker Mixed Media Art
My ideas come from my surroundings. LIving in Nashville, Tennessee for a number of years influenced the floral and plant designs. Bright, bold colors began to appear after sailing to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Jamaica for a year, and then settling in Florida. Currently, I am fascinated with the many birds Florida is privileged to be home to during all different times of the year, and these too have made their way into my imagery.
My artwork is created using a multi-step process. I make the paper that is the background, and then add hand painted images, cut paper, pressed flowers and leaves to complete the designs. The handmade materials are carefully coordinated in a way that brings all of the design elements into harmony. Once this process is finished, each completed design is mounted on a background specifically chosen to complement the arrangement. I then reproduce them using a complex process that allows for faithful recreation of each color and texture. All of my work carries my signature, to add that extra touch.