My work arises from various interwoven sources--nature, memories, emotions and personal symbols all play a part, as do purely abstract aspects such as color, texture and contrast that evolve in the act of painting.
Most of my paintings are made of individually painted panels, juxtaposed in ways that evoke for me an idea, place, or situation. The divisions between panels provide contrast, tension and structure. Arriving at the arrangement of panels is as much a part of my process as actually applying paint.
As for technique, I’m very experimental in my approach, using just about anything I can find to make a mark, and to develop complex colors and textures. My tools include brayers, dishwashing scrubbers, squeegees, palette knives, erasers, sponges, foam pads, sticks and yes, the occasional brush. I build surfaces by applying many layers of paint, and also by scraping, gouging and dissolving parts of the layers so that underlying bits emerge. I use tube paint, oil stick and powdered pigments, with a cold wax medium to enhance transparency and to facilitate the layering process.
Each painting is an open-ended exploration, undertaken with a blend of spontaneity and careful analysis. It is my hope that in the end, my work has a certain clarity or integrity that invites contemplation.