My abstract paintings and drawings reflect my need to document the world as I see it through the use of experimental tones, line, gesture, and color. An illusion to the human figure, in whole or in part, is a very critical component of my works. My goal is to suggest an emotional state of my subject(s), sometimes with some religious or spiritual theme attached.
I use various media. Working with acrylic paint allows for an infinite variation. As a result, I can achieve a range from delicateness to bold gestured strokes. I also utilize charcoal and graphite, crayons, oil pastels, and sometimes India ink and collage. “Pushing the limits,” that is what I am about, using various media in non-traditional and experimental ways. Recently, I have begun experimenting with oil paint.
My favorite procedural technique is to “randomly” put lines and shapes unto a surface (simply enjoying “the moment”) without any particular purpose or intent. Slowly building up a complex texture by intense mark making, I proceed to then diligently search out some possible and meaningful image(s) (if my purpose is figurative) or to simplify (if my purpose is more non-objective). If in either case an appropriate emotional state is reached, I am satisfied. Rarely, if ever, will I start with a literal intent or subject. Joy of discovery is my modus operandi.
My favorite influences are Gauguin, Picasso, de Kooning, and Henry Moore.