This is an example of the slightly more "referential" paintings I do (in contrast to my last post, which was about my more purely abstract, minimalist approach.) There are tree trunks in this, some pretty clear, some more ghostly, and subtle lines evoking the same subject in the darker panels. The title is Grove
, and at 24" square, it's smaller than many of my multiple panel paintings--something new I'm exploring.
Pure abstraction, or some degree of subject matter...often ambiguous, never explicitly defined...my work ranges around in this territory. Sometimes I push a bit more in one direction or the other, when wrestling with the inner debate of subject vs. no subject, and when I wonder if it is even possible to have "no subject." But usually, it is intuition, suggestive passages of paint, or evocative marks (sometimes accidental) that pull me in one direction or the other.