moving right along
I have several new paintings underway, and while they are clearly in the same family as those in the Circa show, they may be a new generation--looser and less restrained than the older ones. The pull of pure abstraction seems stronger now; the nature references that have been a part of my work for years seem to be fading in importance, replaced by free, gestural marks and textural experimentation. This isn't actually a sudden change--it is evident in a number of the paintings at Circa. But perhaps with these fresh starts it seems more obvious to me.
Change is seldom abrupt in my work, which is probably why I tend to trust it when it asserts itself. It is the result of many small steps, not an impulsive leap. Even when an insight or idea does appear suddenly, like the proverbial lightbulb, a closer look will reveal how it evolved quietly over time. This is the fascination of the creative process.