Statement

The exercise of painting has become an act of meditation for me, a way to connect with the mysterious unknown using the imagery of the concrete. Part of my evolution or process  has been to take time out of the act of creating to ponder almost unanswerable questions. For example: What is art? What is the meaning or purpose of life? Why do I do what I do? Why do I paint?  There is nothing new in these age old questions just as the act of creating images whether abstract or representational is not new. I do know that my passion and purpose is to relate things in a language other than words. The language of color, pattern and shape.

I alternate between abstract and representational, actually I find everything I do can be classified as representational - just my approach and subject differ. I ask myself what I would like to represent for a particular body of work, what technique, what materials.... The subject is usually a challenge that engages me to figure out, or something I have been thinking about. Most recently I've been thinking about time and the fast pace I find myself on daily....

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.

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