A little more than a decade ago, I had a mini stroke
and was left with a little dead spot in the language processing portion of my brain.
I have always worked in realism but words became an important new direction in my work.
Often, when I hear words,
I can literally see them floating in the air in front of me and they have no meaning.
Even written words process fully, only after a second reading.
I started painting profound passages of literature, personal letters, poetry, prayers...
Working in layers, scripting the words over and over.
My current work goes a little deeper.
Liberating letters from words and their meaning.
Letting the flow of the letter form express its own beauty.
My current palette is simple and nebulous.
Exploring the way paint is absorbed by some textures and floats on the surface of others.
I still take a commission every now and then
but the work produced through my own instincts is focused in a few distinct directions:
-Traditional leaning landscape compositions and equine inspired realism
(taking a living object and surrounding it with a elements that don't occur in the natural world)
-Mid-century modern compositions that call your eye and ask it to linger a while..
- Choosing words, letters and everyday objects, breaking their form down and
putting those forms back on the canvas in unrecognizable ways.
-Using elements (oil, water, wax, air, heat and lovely texture) as steering influences in my process.
-Lastly and perhaps most often, working in abstract - where language is silenced.
Chasing moments in mediums, through improvised movement.
Creating unconscious connections beyond reality.
I'd rather not impose my own narrative, even in naming my pieces.
The narrative is there, but everyone should experience art through personal interpretation.
Most of my pieces are large in scale and I prefer to work in oil.
Each paintings is one of a kind. I do not make or sell prints of my work.
I am much more motivated by the piece and the client, than money or recognition.