My work began with a love of paint and its many surprises.
I built canvases and invented new worlds as alternatives to the
world I thought I knew. I studied with Josef Albers, and his theories
of color dynamics shaped my use of paint, print and collage. I discovered
that color is a multi-faceted value that stretches beyond paint
and colored papers to the invention of a unique worldone of
dimension and spiritual depth. The vision of transmuted color translates
color into the spiritual side of thingscolor placement morphs
space, and that space can support or impede ones art. I learned
about colors impermanent properties and the dichotomy of light
and dark. The depth I seek to create in my work is a metaphor for
my conscious and unconscious inner life and the inscrutable outside
Much of my work is an abstract story of chase and
subterfugefleeing and arriving. Metaphorical shapes, grids,
hand-cut circles, line quality, belie an undercurrent of my search
to explain and describe varieties of depth.
I experiment with visual ideas that change and return
to their roots over time. Trial, error, chance and plan lead my
eye and hand. I examine the spirit of physical, mental and emotional
places, their properties and mysteries, and how we inhabit them.
Layers of paint, medium, collage, line, grid variants, poetrys
text, infuse mark with memory. The incantation of hand-forged repeated
shapes reveal events on and underneath the surface. Non-linear narratives
celebrate color, sensuality and light in their trial for dominion
over a potential lack of depth. Color, shape and line describe the
present moment, the past, and what little one can know of the future.
15" x 16 1/2"
Encaustic, collage/wood, 2006