My paintings are inspired by the Southern California landscape.
Although my work is primarily abstract, it reflects the exploration of
topography, light, and color variations found in nature. Using mixed media on wood panel, I have
invented a method of making large, original stamps, layering my work to imply
dimension and spatial configurations. The process mimics traditional
printmaking disciplines that are blended with painting techniques.
In 2011, I moved from the East Coast (New York/Miami) and
relocated to California. Lifestyle and climate differences aside, the biggest
variances are the terrain and diffused, golden light. The brightness of color
found in the work is a reflection of my interior response to this natural
beauty. It is emotion expressed through color, shape, and texture. I never plan
ahead, or make studies. Each painting is accomplished through an intuitive
progression that begins with laying down a background color made up of many
thin layers of paint. This is applied using non-traditional tools such as
sponges and squeegees. I then layer the shapes on top, adding and deleting as
the image impels me.
There is an inherent freedom when one works
without fixed idea or formal methodology. I allow the image to guide me,
turning the wood panel around as I work. The final direction of the piece is
usually determined at the very end. One can compare it to creating from almost
a dream state. It is the inner landscape; the place where
we instinctually feel our deepest communion.
“Abstract art is only important if it is the endless rhythm where the very ancient and the distant future meet.” Sonia Delaunay