I was driven to make art on my laptop computer several decades ago. My husband and I ran a small business for 30 years which required me to sit at a desk with my computer 8 hours a day, seven days a week. It was hell. I’ve been a painter for over 60 years, and not being able to work at what I love was maddening. So I found an art software program and began figuring out how to use it to make paintings on my computer at work. Several years later I replaced my desktop printer (with which I printed my ‘paintings’) with a large-scale 44 inch Epson pigment inkjet printer, which sprays archival pigment inks, not dye-based inks. I use 5 software programs, a laptop, and an Intous tablet and stylus to make my ‘paintings’.
My current work is based on two family photo albums from 1918 which my Norwegian grandmother gave me. I find an intriguing background and digitally create a collage/montage by ‘painting’ the figures over the selected background. After this is done I can then alter the color, lighting, and size. I print the image with the pigment printer, let the inks set overnight, and then machine wash the canvas. I re-wet the canvas and stretch it on stretcher bars. After the canvas dries I use 8-12 coats of either acrylic matte varnish or high gloss varnish. Takes me about a week or more to finish a 38x38” artwork.
"Noyes, true to form, has masterfully combined a number of mediums – paint, ink, photography – to create (as she always seems to do) something entirely unique and fascinating." (Christine LaPado-Brelia, Lincoln County News, 2020)