I believe that what you discard or cover up in a painting is as important as what remains visible. The impetus behind every mark I make on the canvas is to “transform the mistake". I re-use old canvases, actively damaging and rebuilding the surface to affirm a concept of beauty in which our scars make us complex and whole. I have been refining an experimental technique for removing layers of paint which I call a lift. This unorthodox process reveals ghosts of underlying imagery and has become my own form of storytelling: visually communicating abstract concepts of impermanence and fragility. The process is completely unpredictable. By giving up control, I am forced to stay lighthearted and adaptable to the paintings evolution. There is liberation in non-attachment, and it is this irreverence which has, at its core, a fearless leap of faith.
CLOSE UPS OF PAINTINGS SHOWING THE PROCESS EFFECTS
sketched in figures,added tone, added soap for first reveal,washed with water
STAGE TWO (detail) added light blue scumbling,tightening and defining overall design, keeping to a limited palette of warm pinkbrowns