My paintings emerge out of an enjoyment of the painting process. Intuitive and improvisational, the process is a journey and the end point is always a surprise. It usually begins by applying color and arranging paper, fabric or paint skins out of my collage stash in a freewheeling manner. Or sometimes I create a textured surface using various acrylic pastes or gels before adding the first layers of color and other materials. The unexpected, serendipitous magic that happens when working this way is what excites me as an artist and gives the work its potency.
The images surface through the process. Sometimes the initial layer is engaging, spontaneous and feels like a complete visual statement so it becomes a keeper. Some paintings need more attention. Layers of paint are added from thick impasto to dripped, scraped, and thinly glazed passages that conceal or reveal the initial layers. Complex, lively surfaces are created where vibrant color and lush texture coalesce to engage the viewer to take an up-close look to discover visual surprises. Mark making includes loose and painterly brushwork, dripped paint, scribbled drawing, freeform printing, stenciled application and more.
Exploring multiple approaches to painting energizes the process for me, keeping things fresh and interesting. I am a perpetual student, always learning and experimenting. In the studio, there are often several works in process going on simultaneously. They are not always from the same series or groups. The process is a spiral with exciting tangents developing along the way. Eventually common threads emerge between artworks and they become a loosely connected collection as presented on this website.