October 2, 2014 — January 2015


My point of view is expressive, instinctive and abstract. When approaching a painting my intention is to capture the atmosphere or energy: a glimpse of or the essence of a person, place or thing. I draw a lot of inspiration from the Abstract Expressionist traditions: thick textures, a deeply worked ground, freely mixed abstract and representational forms, an approach that is painterly, gestural and intuitive. I admire and try to emulate these practices in the context of my own work. 

When I'm painting the two most important things to me are color & texture. I paint quickly, have a lot of ideas and always work on more than one painting at a time. I like to use acrylic paints because they dry fast which makes it easy for me to quickly add many layers of paint. I like to to build up the surface of the painting with many textures & colors. I often use mixed media elements like glass, dried flowers, paper, plastic, fabric and  found objects. When I do, I try to incorporate them in a subtle natural way. The goal is to create a surface similar to a topical map. Colors reminiscent of an old building, worn and full of char­ac­ter with cracks revealing the bits of paint under­neath. 

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