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Artist’s statement

Artist’s statement

My art depicts how I see, touch and engage with life.  To dissect the elements of my paintings is to dissect the composition of my recollections and the origin of my inspirations.  The abstract nature of my pieces evolves from the raw emotion and unconstrained imagination that compel me to let go and give into the moment.

Texturing increasingly represents a distinguishing aspect of my work.  My earlier works used texture sparingly because they focused more on creating flow and imagery through paint.  Texture both grounds a painting and sets it free, a combination of opposites that fascinate me.  I begin my paintings with layers of various texturing mediums applied purposefully to control an image or create in abstract.  I might apply a single line of molding paste to trigger visual senses and draw the eye to a specific place on the painting.  And I might apply a crackle medium to create depth and give the painting a three-dimensional aspect.  I rely on texture to stimulate the senses and induce a desire to touch and engage with the work.

Texture provides a blueprint for the paint that brings a canvas to life.  I paint with acrylics, applying layer upon layer of color and blending them to the perfect hue.  The richness of color and quality of movement obtained through paint underscore my works.  Metallic paints also have been a staple in my artistry, often serving as the foundation of my nature-inspired pieces.  I have used spray paint throughout my collections from my nature-inspired pieces to the newer works with inspirational words and phrases.  I like the contrast achieved through using spray paint.  Unlike controlled brush strokes, spray paint carries an air of defiance, spattering on the painting without concern for boundaries.

I am constantly seeking ways to refine my work and make my paintings a reflection of self.  Using often discarded knick knacks appeals to my innate sense of individuality as a person and an artist.  Recycled canvas, tile bits, old signs and tissue paper make random appearances in my paintings, adding textural intricacy.  I have combined paint with gloss or gel mediums to create the illusion of a suspended image.  Recent works feature floating frames that I stained and finished before attaching to the canvas.  I seal my pieces with a high gloss varnish that enriches and accentuates each element of the painting.

 


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