blank canvas, starting from scratch. Using
tools-brush, pencil, knife, pastels and oil, I am propelled into an uncharted figurative
world. My mark-making is used without allowance,
nothing is a mistake. I then begin the
eliminating. I am withdrawing from too
close a narrative. This is where the struggle begins. Each work is an invention, an organization of
the markings into shapes and patterns, created with knowledge honed through a
career of design, but so much is instinctual. I am immersed in an orchestration
towards landscapes and figures, in a visual dance between the figurative and abstract.
The flirting shows. The
body of work fulfills my natural, uninhibited desire to scratch the surface in
a gestural, painterly manner. Yes, it is fast.
The decisions come quicker, the deeper I delve. I realize the principles that will govern
this piece of art will not be applicable in my next work. The next will be a
journey unto its own. But for now, I am
exhilarated with every mark. I paint loosely
but accurately, moving looser, scratching towards accuracy, offering more
information, less detail. What perceived
information used by others to sort out this piece is a literal mystery to me. That concept makes my work more interesting. What began with my tutelage long ago in
drawing and printmaking has left a mark on me and has stayed through all other
I would like the viewer to consider my
decisions- every scratch leading to another.