My paintings on this site are: Non-Objective Abstracts, Abstract Landscapes & Treescapes 2012-20, the Scotland series and Spiritual Journey: An Art Narrative 2019-20. Each body of work has a different raison d’etre; therefore there is a difference in the artist statements.
Non-Objective Abstracts. With my abstract landscapes, my work is informed by the outside world. My non-objective abstracts are coming from what is inside of me. When I work on these paintings I have no preconceived imagery. I just start and let the painting take me where I need to go. It is very intuitive for me. Most days, when I am working on these paintings, I am thinking about energy in the universe. Scientists say energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. I think about where all of the energy goes when people pass out of this world — how does it change from one form to another and what does that life energy go through? This body of work is an expression of channeling my emotions, feelings and thoughts about those questions into my work.
Abstract Landscapes & Treescapes. Through my most recent abstract landscapes, I try to visually interpret what I have seen and experienced throughout the world. I am drawn to the fluid relationship between water, sky and earth. I feel that the ever-changing moody skies give way to a constant play of light and dark upon the earth and water.
Some of my earlier abstract landscapes were inspired by the aging stone in eroding walls, buildings and other structures. I see things in the stone surface – an abstract landscape, an atmosphere, other worlds. I feel this work resonates with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which celebrates the beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the decay that time, weather and nature leave behind. I see the beauty in the aging stone and try to convey that in my paintings.
For many years I have photographed trees in the late fall and throughout the winter. Now I paint what I have seen. I am attracted to the stark lines and the texture of the trees and how they look against a grey sky and in the snow. There is a visceral feeling I experience with the leafless trees and I try to communicate that in my paintings, whether it is a single tree or an entire forest. My treescapes are moody and contemplative. Some of the paintings invite you to walk through the trees while others stand as sentries preventing you to go no further.
Scotland Series . This series is inspired by the peaceful, yet rugged, terrain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. A combination of their moors, majestic cliffs, rocky green hillsides, grey skies, calm lakes, fog, rough seas and distant mountains create a transcendental experience for me. There is an overwhelming influence of blue/grey and green/yellow everywhere, peppered with deep browns and creamy whites in the vistas of the Outer Hebrides.
Spiritual Journey: An Art Narrative. I have always found a lot of inspiration in old, stone walls and have created many paintings based on what I see in them. So it came as no surprise to me that, while traveling through Egypt, I was taken with the imagery that I saw on the walls of locks as we traveled on the Nile. These haunting figures that the river’s water had stained onto the walls were mysterious, yet had a certain spirituality and peacefulness that they conveyed. I felt a sense of otherworldliness to them. The paintings and sculptures that they have inspired leave me with more questions than answers. I am still searching for why I have done this body of work and what it means. I believe that eventually the meaning will become clear
My Process. With all of my paintings, I work with oil on canvas, using primarily oil sticks, palette knives, scrapers and any tools that give me the texture and surface I want. With some of my paintings, I start with a ground of ceramic stucco to increase the tactile quality. I build layers of paint until the painting develops a rich history and texture. I want the viewer to see the artist’s hand in my work. I try to court the unexpected and allow the process to reveal or uncover what is there.That is when the painting becomes what it wants to be.
I think of all of my paintings as peaceful and otherworldly with a sense of mystery. I want the viewer of my art to feel like they can walk through my paintings and have a never-ending journey.