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: thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition. I bring together disparate elements that at first don't want to be combined. Paying attention to the sensitive interactions of color fields 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 itself 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 materials matter.
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.