PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA
My work begins with a feeling, a connection to my everyday experiences: evocative color; unexpected light; or fleeting gestures. Perceptions are the inspiration, but the act of painting is the real juice behind my work. I do not attempt to capture a moment or a scene per se, rather I work with perceptions as a means to experience the present.
My stock-in-trade are formal elements—deliberate quick, or slow brushstrokes, color harmony, spatial relationships, and the surface qualities of the paint. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, however, when a painting is going well, there is an unexplainable feeling of being in the groove, an experience of being present. Essentially, in those carefree moments, there is ‘no painter’ and ‘no painting.’ Yet, wondrously, a painting come forth.
My paintings are a product of my perceptions and process conceived in an abstract realist manner. Formal concerns and art history are essential influences — instilled in my hands and mind from years of looking, reading and practice.