As a wife-proclaimed serial projectist at heart, the idea for the push pin project came to me in college. It was born out of the great need to liven up the ‘bachelor pad casual’ home 6 of my closest stylisticly challenged friends and I were sharing at the time. I had dabbled in other art forms (mainly acrylic pop art portraits) but had happened upon the idea for a push pin art project while working on a bulletin board for the elementary school classroom in which I was teaching. It was then that my love for Andy Warhol-inspired pop art met my need for monotonous mental stimulation and had a push pin art love child!
One of the things that I truly love about this art form is how counterintuitive it is. In most cases, things become clearer the closer we get. When we want to see something that’s far away we use a telescope, binoculars, glasses, or physically position ourselves closer to the object we’re looking at. In the case of these “pin”tings, they become more and more clear the further you are from them. In fact, when I am working on them, I often squint or purposely blur my vision to help blend the bold colors of the push pins. I find it so incredible that a palette limited to only 6 types of push pins (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, White, and Black) can replicate photos with such intricate details and colors.
While the pieces I have currently made range from 3 feet by 3 feet to 4 feet by 4 feet, custom shapes and sizes can be created.
Other things I like: Jesus, my wife, golf, Phil’s Bar-B-Q, playing the piano, and reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” (the best novel of all time). Thank you so much for stopping by.