Full Artist's statement
Art making draws creative energy from unconscious processes. As an abstract painter, I am interested in exploring the use of paint, fabrics, and other materials with differing textures and light-reflecting qualities to capture the sensuality of the natural environment and the human body. While I am especially drawn to fabrics like satin that reflect light and velvet that absorbs it, their interaction with traditional art mediums such as oil paint and oil pastels as well as new polymer mediums and industrial products such as cement and sandpaper offer a rich field for investigation.
For the last several years, I have been creating mixed media pieces that aim to evoke images of landscape and water as well as personal memories. Sometimes these images are fragmentary, such as light shining on water; sometimes they bring to mind an actual landscape though no such place exists; sometimes they evoke personal memories of a past experience. Usually these pieces are multi-layered, for example, cement covered by fabric or layers of fabric, then paint and charcoal. As I work the surface of a piece with various media, I often also de-construct it by tearing and sanding, and re-working so that underlying layers can show through. This is an archeological sort of process that is both rough and delicate as hidden marks and images emerge and are built on to generate a sense of light, place, object, and environment.