Abstract Contemporary Art
Working between the intersections of the physical and the mechanical, the unconscious and the considered, the tamed and the wild, the macro and the micro, concealment and excavation, and the real and the imagined, my work is the summation of stops, starts, pauses, beginnings and endings inherent in both life and a creative practice. The result of this delicate balancing act is declarative and celebratory paintings that synthesize color, surface, materiality, process, and discovery.
I am interested in how place and experience, both physically and psychologically, informs us of ourselves and surroundings. My paintings act both as a mirror to oneself and a lens to the world around us. My paintings, thus, serve as material record of my relationship with myself and the world around me. They are attempts to better understand my connections, intersections, and divisions to my surroundings. In the end, the hope is create a visual experience open to a multitude of interpretations and analysis.
Process and experimentation are key components in my painting practice. The completed paintings represent a moment of my process. Each is an instant in, and together they are a culmination of, my exploration and exploitation of the material. Using particular tools and techniques, my work speaks of application and erasure, movement and stillness, and the intentional and the accidental. I built layer upon layer of oil, acrylic, and/or enamel paint on paper, canvas, and panel. My work can take anywhere from a week to four years to complete. Many iterations take place during the process and the piece is finished when all the variables (compression, paint opacity, color, and surface effects) in their raw materiality come to reflect the natural world—the result of the action and drama played out on the canvas. The tension between the painted surface and the illusion it has created mimics a suspension of time. A history is built by the application of paint in layers; enabling one to enter the pictorial space and move between its depths. The painting, like a photograph, captures an otherwise fleeting instant of time in both my pursuit and our perceptual experience.