I make paintings, objects that hang on walls. Through these objects, I explore the interplay of texture, pattern, and color. The work expresses my need to find surprise in the interaction of repeating elements that intersect with the random or accidental, and the human need to touch. There is often a clash of discipline and spontaneity, resulting in a rich tension that connects with the audience and elicits the viewer’s very personal interpretation.
I work in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. My objects begin with texture that maps out composition and structure. After that, anything is fair game—paint, cheesecloth, vintage maps, hot glue, metallics, handmade paper, stamping. I employ various techniques such as wet sanding, collage, and always a final layer of splattered paint. Accidents are moments to be optimized—or to be left alone.
Imperfection is key to the results I want to achieve. Surprising effects result from combinations that just shouldn’t be successful. The work of my very human hand is always apparent.
My influences and inspirations include American folk art, the tribal art of America and Africa, and the Abstract Expressionists. Nature’s textures along with the corrosive effect nature has on objects are frequent inspirations as well.
Texture. Pattern. Color. Surprise.
See a quick video, just me chit-chatting about my work. here. Do I really blink that much?
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