WHAT'S SO BEAUTIFUL ABOUT ART is its ability to transform specific, personal familiarity into something representative of universal knowledge, or a kind of collective human experience. My paintings do not always provide me with answers but they do ask questions, help me to navigate the uncharted parts of myself, and assist in giving perspective on my past. Although painting can be exhausting, I paint with my soul hoping someone taps into an emotional journey and feels through my work, their own struggles reflected by at them.
The pursuit of clarity guides my work. The stories I paint can be complex and require an arsenal of tools to aid in the telling. Negative space is one of those tools. These empty spaces are vivid and alive. They are the locus of an incredible cooperation between the artist and the viewer. The paintings’ intended meaning is actively engaged by the derived meaning that is crated when the viewer looks and interprets the spaces. Another tool in my arsenal is size- I tend to pain on a large scale. It facilitates the inclusion of negative space and allows the freedom of movement that is necessary for my work. This includes brush strokes
and texture-both of which are key to the kinetic quality of my work. Much of my process involves watching how the paint reacts to the brush, to the canvas and to my own manipulation of materials. This application gives my work an almost tactile quality and creates the illusion of dimension.
Technique is a pathway to the beating heart of my paintings, but it is not the heart itself. My personal aesthetic-the use of color and the abstract character of my work-is also essential to what I attempt to do on the canvas. What happens when these elements come together is an alchemy that I do not profess to fully understand – each painting attempts to open a small but intimate space between artist and viewer. My work represents my own internal excavation. The paintings’ goal is to catalyze a similar unearthing in the viewer and, ultimately, to create a powerful third element -- a dialogue between the canvas and those who observe it.
I’m also a photo junkie.