I work to convey joy, energy and freedom in my work. Abstract painting is the best way for me to communicate these feelings while exploring new ways of creating. Through painting, I need to constantly challenge myself and come up with new ideas and methods. It is a joy and challenge to create something that has never been made before.
Each painting is a series of decisions: what colors to use, how to vary the value, shape and size of elements. I work in many layers to build interest and history in the work. I work in many layers to build interest and history in the work. Collage adds structure and paint obscures and adds interest. Decisions teach me what to keep and what to change- and so I learn and grow as an artist.
I believe that my work is best when I make the mental shift into exploration and play supported by a scaffolding of theory and technique. Letting go of expectations and creating layers enables surprises to happen in each piece. Then, on the next layer, I begin by examining the elements of the piece- how the eye moves around the painting, where value shifts occur, what variety there is in the shapes. Then I shift back into paint/play mode and the process continues.
I love how painting challenges me to think and create, and I hope that my work provides a glimpse into this process.