My work is about transforming the mistake. In my process, I re-use old canvases, working into layers of paint, actively "damaging" the surface to give each painting a history. The soap which is used to clean brushes was an unexpected discovery. It eats away layers of paint in what I call "LIFTS"----revealing hidden colors below. The process is completely unpredictable and requires a fearless leap of faith. These ghosts of underlying imagery visually communicate abstract concepts of impermanence and fragility.
My paintings describe the existential condition—the movement between the joy of kinship and the awareness of our separation from one another; our ultimate alone-ness.For me the figure holds the greatest possibility for telling a story through color, form and gesture The “remembered landscape” is the perfect vehicle to explore the power of memory and place.
The choices I make between figuration and abstraction, between what is implied and what is revealed, serve to pull the viewer into the paintings surface and leave them with questions. I strive for emotional honesty in my work and rely on an intuitive sense of color and an immeadiacy of gesture to achieve it. My goal is to affirm a more authentic concept of beauty while making art that evokes a sense of mystery. My paintings are the fields upon which my spirit shadow boxes; control versus letting go, fear versus trust, infused with human sadness yet “… with the birds they share a longer view..
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