While incorporating some of the notational elements from previous works, in my new series, my main focus is on pure abstraction and the physical properties of the materials I use. Titles for works refer to geographical and geological terminology and are analogous to the physical properties and effects created by the materials I work with.
Furthering my investigation of what is mysterious and timeless, I rely on a visual vocabulary that includes repetition, pattern, texture, nuance, and color. The shapes and patterns I work with are my way into the active form of meditation inherent in my painting practice. An obvious example is my use of parallel or stacked lines marking moments of calm focus. I often pull negative space forward which offers the effect of floating visual planes; a sense of timelessness is evoked.
As works develop, marks, shapes, surfaces and color relationships--the elements of an oblique, preverbal language--coalesce, giving form to feeling, sensations, and states of being before they are verbalized.
Drawing and painting materials I use are acrylic paints and mediums, combined with various sketching materials, water soluble pastels and collage elements applied to canvas, panel or paper. I work on numerous drawings and paintings simultaneously, depending heavily on my intuition to guide me. Approaching works in process each day with fresh eyes allows my developing work to evolve as a body with shared discoveries.
I am interested in the mysterious nature of what endures, both within an internal landscape and in the natural world. Continually there are shifts, transformations, and subsequent restructurings taking place; some are obvious while others are subtle, sometimes barely visible.
In the newest work I am once again not interested in making sure everything throughout a drawing or painting follows a certain line of logic or set of rules. During the past several years I've become increasingly fascinated by various shapes that can be considered vessels of one kind or another. I am compelled by the many ways it is possible to contain, hold, or transport something of meaning or value. The vessel as metaphor also connotes how vast, rich, and deep our interior lives are.
My earlier hybrid form of picture making still appears in the work. Overall, abstraction continues to be my way into a visual vocabulary that has no need to define and pin down what remains mysterious.