Amid the constant bombardment of media, meetings, appointments, scheduled things, places we have to be now – not necessarily what/where our inner selves want/would like to be doing/going right now; there are spaces of still time… moments if you will. To notice these pockets of stillness, all it requires is to change focus. Apply all senses. What color, how does it smell/feel? How can I paint this single moment? These are the questions I had been asking myself as I was walking through the woods wondering how abstract art represents real things. I saw the sun on a green leaf shinning through the leaves overhead. I thought “If I wanted to paint that, how would I do it?” This fleeting moment of experience?
That question provided the inspiration. Dry pigments, India ink and acrylic paint are the primary ingredients I have been using for my current body of abstract work. Special focus on the interference pigments which change color and reflection as you walk around a piece. Then I switch and go back to oils and paint a scene about place and cultural materiality.