Art and design have always played integral roles in my life. During the past thirty-plus years as a graphic designer, portrait artist and muralist, the work has necessarily been outcome driven – conveying a message, capturing an image or pleasing a client. In the last decade, however, I’ve been drawn more and more to an exploration purely of process. Now in my personal creative practice, I allow my paintings to emerge on their own without dictating what they will become. Each piece is a fundamental exploration of the space between the deliberate and the unintentional. During the making, the work transforms many times from one state to another: from considered processes to those more
extemporaneous and instinctive, and often back again. Like a personal geology, layers are applied and alternately buried and unearthed, in a way becoming a physical manifestation and investigation of the strata of my own interior landscape.
By exploring a variety of media and responding intuitively as each layer reacts with those before it, I coax out effects both subtle and overt in the color, texture and composition of a piece. Oil and cold wax (and sometimes metal leaf, resin, nails and burnt paper) coalesce and interact to yield fortuitous outcomes. The work invites the view to access a place of pure unknowing – giving graphic form to emotional experiencing beyond words.