Color is the alphabet of a language apart from any other form of communication we employ. But like all of the ways art manifests in our world, color offers us a unique way of expressing ourselves, of finding each other, of reaching balance and equilibrium in our otherwise unbalanced world.
I don’t plan any of the works you see here. My paintings are experiences that hold tension for me, where color (and shape) slowly build on each other to create puzzles, which I then solve and dissolve into a finished piece. I’m the master of my tools, to a degree, only because I’m holding them in my hands - but the paint and watercolors and ink and pastels are organic forms of their own expression and they will ultimately do as they please.
Every line and every brush stroke is a feeling, or a thought, or a breath. Most of my art is spontaneous in that way - living and breathing along with me, but I also work on commissions from time to time, weaving a moment someone else holds dear into a painting.
Finding a painting that converses with you is very much like the joy of picking up little found treasures along the beach, and I know this intimately from my own addiction to collecting tumbled glass and stones near the ocean or in rivers. Each time I look at my small collection of tumbled trash gems I’m reveling in that initial moment of finding: Surprised. Delighted. Slowed.
I work to fill my life with that feeling, and I hope my paintings inspire the same within you.
My hope is that the result of my play with color and shape will give you pause and make you smile for a moment. That it stops you from thinking too much about life’s many distractions.
My pieces are composed of the many things that make up the moments of a life: thoughts, breaths, feelings relationships, questions... Many of my pieces are composed of an equal number of layers of watercolor, sometimes up to 50.
I feel like I walk around gobbling up the gorgeous hues and shapes of life with my eyes and when I sit down to make a work it all pours out into this lineage of paintings.
I love to watch the intersection of texture and depth of color form as I work. Depending on what a piece needs, I may also use colored pencils or inks to complete the composition. For this reason, even very small paintings may take weeks to complete. Sometimes a piece will flow more quickly.
Whatever media I use to create an abstract painting, each one emerges and develops it its own time and in its own form. I never work from any plans or sketches, and I have no specific goal other than to create. Intuition drives my process.
You may notice symbols, lines, or tiny sketches in my work. I refer to these little whimsical marks as traps or puzzles that I set for myself. I use each of these unique elements as a talisman for further developing a work. Like following an indistinct path through the woods, I’ll try to find the best way these forms can interact.
Since I don’t start an abstract piece with an end goal, I have to rely on the art itself to inform its completion.