Full Artist's statement
I consider myself an abstract expressionist painter. The abstract expressionists and their surrealist cohorts, who pioneered abstract art in America in the mid-20th century, are my “Old Masters”. I am particularly intrigued by the concept of automatic drawing and writing. I work in the abstract because of the freedom it gives me to “see” and interpret the physical and emotional world around us in unconstrained and exciting ways. In college, my mentor gave me “permission” to work abstract. It was so freeing. I am an intuitive action painter. I strive for spontaneity and rarely start with a preconceived outcome in mind, even if I start out with a sketch. I like being surprised as a composition evolves through the creative process. Oil paints are my principal medium, but I like to add interest and complexity with charcoal, markers and other mediums. I love making marks, especially using line to give energy and life to my paintings. I find black line particularly dramatic and emotive. I want my art to evoke feelings and emotions…to tell a story.