I love the way watercolor moves. For me, painting is about the conversation I have with this dancing medium. My desire is to respect the properties of watercolor - to guide it gently, let it do what it wants to do, and respond again. This conversation can last a few minutes or for hours at a time. I delve into a trance-like state, stopping only when the passage feels complete. Depending on the size and kind of painting, I usually paint from one to four passages
The direction of some of my work is turning toward abstraction. I start each painting with a strong feeling toward a color and thick or thin applications of paint. As a painting evolves I use tools in addition to brushes, such as metal scrapers, to develop atmosphere out of which emerges an abstracted aspect of the natural world - plants, mountains, minerals, animals, or anything that presents itself. I enjoy the excitement of adding to and watching the forms develop. As I pursue this inner world of imagination and abstraction, I also keep in mind my classical training as a representational painter. Ultimately I envision a blend of these two forms in some of my artwork, as my memory of imagery and practice of observation continue to propel me.
There are many artists who have inspired me - Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgia O'Keefe, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Johannes Vermeer. I would put at the top, Paul Cezanne, whose mastery of color and composition is a continual source of learning.
I paint on watercolor on 140 pound cold pressed Arches watercolor paper that I wet and wrap around a ready-made oil/acrylic canvas that is covered with gesso. The canvas serves as an added protection underneath the paper. I secure the paper by stapling it to the wood on the back of the frame. Providing a sculptural look, these paintings are beautifully visible without glass.These wrapped paintings are quite durable. They can be dusted easily with a clean, soft, dry rag. They should be hung away from steam, food and bright light. I makes a point of using high quality watercolor pigments that hold their color well over time. Watercolor paints are now light-fast, which means that they do not fade easily in the light. However, when my artworks are hung away from direct light, they will last for a lifetime. With strong contrasts, my original artworks look great in indirect light, showing delicate nuances of form.
What do I want to offer you, the viewer? I want to give you the opportunity to let art move you to a place that has no words, where you become a part of the artwork, forgetting your daily troubles and concerns, The content of my art is sometimes illusive, mysterious, other times representational and confrontational. As you delve into its depths to feel mystery and power or stay on the surface to enjoy physical beauty, I hope that you will be able to pause and absorb the positive force of creativity to feel a vital connection with the earth and all life.