Painting is a very physical and sensual process for me, beginning days or weeks before I ever make a mark. Stretching canvases, mixing new colors and mediums, searching for new tools and methods of working. Each step is as integral as the application of paint and mark. I try to keep myself off-balance and my mind at bay for as long as possible. The work needs to be born from a deeper place–somewhere pure and personal...the place where head, heart and hand come together to create a new narrative.
I embark on every painting as if it were a journey – a new destination with new languages to be translated, new waters to be crossed...where each mark becomes a direction, each passage of paint like a new vista I’m seeing for the first time. Once the work is underway I try to keep the painting open to all possibilities, deviations and directions – where it’s outcome is not yet known and anything can happen. Getting things wrong is often more exciting than getting things right. Getting lost has surprising outcomes. Working back and forth between organic and architectural elements, patterns and textures, colors that become saturated or atmospheric, tangles of marks that whisper or shout are laid down, discarded, rediscovered and reconsidered. The mystery keeps the work alive for me, and becomes a map of uncharted terrain.
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