Artist Statement

For many years I slashed and burned my way across the painting surface with brightly colored, energetic works.

Several years ago I came to the end of that road, feeling a new desire to incorporate more mark making with a variety of drawing tools, along with acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, and explore working with a limited palette.

My current body of work involves an investigation of coming and going, appearing and disappearing lines and shapes along with the creation of luminous depth, which are the result of the application of many layers of paint and mark making tools, both added and subtracted, and their resulting complexity. The work is meant to invite the viewer in to my own interior world, take a look around and ponder its depth. The marks are both agitated and controlled, with forms emerging and disappearing simultaneously. I start each piece by drawing on the surface with a drawing tool of some kind, such as graphite, water soluble crayon or charcoal. I continue by layering paint with marks in a seemingly endless process. The surfaces are ultimately softly colored, sometimes black is employed as a counter point and contrast. I work spontaneously and intuively, focusing on the process.

The paintings incorporate both raw emotion and quiet tranquility. They reflect on the fragility and vulnerability of life. They are at once, atmospheric and mysterious, yet elegant and powerful, reflecting on my own interior landscape. My purpose is to give authentic voice to what is felt but unseen, through the harmonizing of line, shape color and texture.

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