About This Piece
This piece started with an under painting that was partially sanded and collaged papers were torn back and exposed creating the delicate imagery
My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free flowing process - I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan. The space comes alive through the colors, shapes and layers that work their way into and around the space - often by collage of handmade, monoprint & marbled papers, fabrics and other diverse materials onto a surface of canvas or wood panels. Spontaneity and movement are important as the materials travel through the space. Some paintings arise from applying gesso over earlier paintings, sanding them down and letting some of that imagery come through. Others are the direct application of materials onto the surface. The dancing, juggling images come about through their relationships in space. Each completed vision portrays a sensitivity and fragility along with a strong visual image. The image is abstract but the feeling is solidified and they become conversational. The new white pieces are more minimalist creating an ongoing challenge.
Inspired by the early Abstract Expressionist’s such as Kandinsky and Klee, later Hans Hofmann I am seeking the emotion and spirit of the painting by way of the unconscious and spiritual. A new association with the Japanese floating master painters is assisting me (along with Hofmann’s spatial plasticity) in the way the imagery moves or floats through the space and relates to one another.
My goal now is to continue this process through further exploration and alterations making small and larger pieces using varying layering techniques, exploring the space with new textures and materials along with using acrylic colors, adding and taking away to produce intriguing and mysterious layers.