Full Artist's statement
In my studio I ask myself, “What is the nature of reality?” This is my constant thought while I paint. The tension between opposing paradigms of structure and change continually challenge me to look for different ways to understand this question.Using abstraction, my paintings have an undertone of geometry, I use the word poetically.The aesthetic includes a painterly approach, precision handling and an underlying sense of design through collision, tension and opposition. On the surface, there are recognizable shapes, mostly circles, but also rounded forms and lines that create movement and structure in the space. By their physical nature, circles become fixed in space between the more gestural lines and layers that create movement and a sense of time. The painting’s layered surface include heavy texture, scraped areas, fresh paint and milky veils, which allude to the formation or destruction of random sequence. Without having specific objects or trappings of identifiable ‘real’ images, the paintings cross over perceptible boundaries locked to a specific meaning. This allows me to look directly at diverse ideas in an intuitive manner. The act of painting becomes the experience or ‘reality’ for the basis of the work. By combining abstract painting with concepts rooted in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy I have been constructing contemporary works that directly express the ever changing quality of experience, time, and place.