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 Quite simply, I adore pigment: the loose and liquid quality of watercolor, the creaminess of oils and the dark graphic nature of charcoal. I love key notes of sparkling color as well as areas of non-descriptive grays where layers of color speak a softer language. I love line and mass; spontaneity and deliberation; the real and the imagined – all paired opposites. I paint a variety of images although figures fascinate me the most. My process involves a quest for harmony through the balancing of these opposing forces. Self-exploration and investigation into the “gray areas” that describe the contradictions we all face have been paramount to my own personal and spiritual growth.
I seem to resist “right” or “wrong” connotations in painting; chasing instead the rhythm of the movement. For many years I studied calligraphy – loose and energetic brush strokes are my aim. I work at distilling life into its “simple essences,” its absolutes. I love economy of stroke… poetry.
I learned to paint by painting. I feel that my work has followed a natural evolution of serious introspection that reflects earlier studies in music, language, poetry, dance and psychology. Through these reflections my work draws on rhythm, movement, attention to detail, spontaneity and simplification of form; descriptions that are simultaneously apt and contradictory. My work has evolved into painting because of my own disappointment in words, which are often excessive, transitory and over- or under- loaded with meaning. I am intrigued by human behavior and seek to unearth that which lies beneath the surface, sometimes a sublime gesture, a memory, a visual metaphor… often contradictions, a truth for which there are no words.
I am searching for something soulful, something noble.