Stacy Thomas Medaries I consider myself an artist above all things. It is a source of inspiration, excitement, and growth for me. I question and learn about myself and life through art. I express my love and passion. I am constantly learning new techniques, developing new ideas and images, and exploring new forms of media. My most recent explorations have led me to try a new medium, alcohol Ink on aluminum. I have been working within this medium for two years, and it has been very exciting because it is a medium that is not common. Most people that see my work tell me they have never seen anything like it anywhere. I like that about it. It is actually a very old medium used often during the middle ages, embossed metal. I begin by drawing an image into a thin sheet of aluminum. I then sculpt the image by pressing out on the back and pushing in on the front. After the image is finished, I paint it with alcohol ink. Alcohol ink is different from anything I have ever worked with. You cannot paint with it like you would acrylic or oil. Also it never dries to a state that I would consider permanent. It must be coated with a surface to protect it. The alcohol ink is very transparent. This allows light to travel through the color and then reflect off of the metal background. This creates a glowing effect. Because of this people think it is glass or something. The color is very brilliant. I love color and have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the possibilities of this medium. My subject matter is quite varied. I am however drawn to subjects and images that were popular during the Middle Ages. I am very inspired my myth and spirituality. I love line and pattern, and am inspired works that are very decorative such as Art Nouveau and Gothic Art. I like to try to push the limits of subjects with this new medium as well. I have tried portraiture, landscape, and abstract works. I have even try to get a little funky sometimes with my use of color. I just want to see what my limitations are. I love this new medium. I intend to keep exploring it as a medium as long as it continues to offer me excitement and push the limits of my imagination.