I am a visual artist. I create abstract paintings ranging in size up to 9 feet. My work is immediate and direct. The artistic content of this work is reliant upon the recordation of the abstract movement in America during the 1920s, when artist Jackson Pollock and his contemporaries made their mark on art history. These paintings are not copies. They are original works created in response to my continuous academic study of the masters within the cannons of abstraction and art.
I am merely a conduit for the pigment and unable to walk away from its urgency and immediacy requiring my complete attention. Like Pollock, I prefer the floor to the easel, although I use both. It is a dance between me and the surface hearing only its music which compels me to create what never existed before. I add multiple layers using a brush, spoon, turkey basters, throwing, dripping, or swirling paint with my gloved hand. I continue to add layer upon layer until the canvas speaks to me, signaling my dismissal because the work is done
These paintings exhibit the varied dialogue within the cannons of abstraction through gesture, geometric form, expressionism, Color Field and the Washington Color School. A creative execution driven by both process and technique. My work is about formation, materials, color, energy, expression, texture, freedom, experimentation and passion.
The work is process driven incorporating mediums and new materials such as salt, bleach, beeswax, glass beads, pastels, pumice gels, enamel, tempera and colored pigments to add textures, expand and enhance the substrate. I begin without an agenda. It is my goal to take a blank surface and successfully convert it into a dialogue or formal discussion. It is the viewer’s engagement, response and interpretation that gives the work meaning. And, each viewer’s perception is correct, there is no wrong response.
There is no representational narrative. I aim to achieve subtle reactions and to evoke some emotional or visual response. The viewer is not expected to see what I see, but to use the work as a source for their individual perceptions based upon personal filters; be it the heart, soul, brain or the eye. Each painting requires layering and interlocking materials. The work begins and ends with a dance. There is no sound in the studio. The creative process writes the tempo and it’s the only beat. I watch the pigment spread, drip, and meld, expand and shrink, then merge and part again, repeating itself, forever changing, until dry. The final product represents my goal as an artist to produce work of artistic excellence within the genre of abstraction.