My work is inspired by a question:
How do I build a painting that has never been made before?
I use all of myself in that dynamic process: feeling, sensation,
thinking and intuition. I bring together disparate elements that at
first don't want to be combined. Paying attention to the sensitive
interactions of color field and values, I explore how colors activate
each other. I challenge myself to go deeper, creating layer upon
layer, building complexity on the canvas. Sometimes my brushstrokes
express vigor, speed, and fullness; at other times there is a certain
hesitancy. What will happen after I have applied all I know? At times
I feel an awkwardness or even resistance and then I make a sequence
of decisions, and may even risk "losing" the painting. I might create
a sticky mess over here or have a certain unruliness over there, or
create what looks like the liquid center of a jewel. I pay special
attention to the edges, as though the painting continues beyond. It is
as though I have captured a slice of a larger reality. When the painting
is complete, it separates it self from me.
I care a great deal about craftsmanship. This applies to my own process
and to the materials I work with. The canvas, the paint, and the brushes
provide a foundation for my work. The purity, integrity, and quality of these
I am inspired by many artists. I love Diebenkorn's work, especially his
"Sturm and Drang" period, because he pushed through uncharted territory,
taking great risks. I admire De Kooning for his audacity, as he gives me
permission to work through challenging phases in my own art.
Painting is for me a vast visual language. I invite the viewer to discover
and experience the world I see.