My work is about abstract compositions, both simple and complex that express ideas of nature, music, and spiritual truth, through color and form.
I begin a painting by making marks on the canvas, through writing ideas and inspirations, followed by transparent washes that transform into a patina of color. I step back and respond to these initial marks by adding and subtracting colors to create shapes. Some areas are left transparent allowing a juxtaposition of transparency and thick paint, suggesting ideas of matter and spirit.
My color pallet varies. I usually tend to work in a series of similar color pallets.
The influence of art history in my work derives from Prehistoric Man, Impressionism, and Abstract Expressionism. I am fascinated with the cave paintings of Lascaux. I love the studies of light Monet explored. And, I love the passion and freedom of some of the Abstract Expressionist.
I chose to use oil paint and mixed media in my work. I like the smell of oil paint and find it lends a fluid, expressive quality to brush work. I find mixed media—use of paper and paint—can be just as fluid in the process.
I continue to find inspiration from mystical ideas. I find the inner states of consciousness achieved through stillness can be expressed as inner landscapes of spirit.
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