The current body of work has developed over the past six years. The progress of these paintings has, in some ways, been from images with more activity to those of greater simplicity. However, even in the newer work with its bold shapes and brighter colors, the intent is to create complex visual situations that will engage the viewer.
Part of the change in the more recent work is that it is all on canvas, rather than paper. Painting involves acrylic color and glazes, applied with brushes, the artist’s hands and rags, and spraying water onto the painted surface. That surface, whether smoother or rougher, wet or dry, effects the brush strokes that are applied to it.
The paintings tend to always have a top and a bottom, like a landscape. Nature has been a constant source for the work, even though there are no references to specific scenes, or events, or memories. The paintings ask the viewer to find their own path to move visually through forms and space. This is a continual process that can create both a sense of involvement and a questioning of our relationship to the pictorial experience. For each viewer, the painting will be different, depending on the personal connection he or she brings to them.
The process of working varies, but often there is a relationship between a new painting and the painting that came before it. Many times while working on one painting, what needs to be done to an earlier painting become clear. Finding out how to finish a painting sometime means letting loose and not paying as much attention to decision-making. Some paintings are very fast and others take a long time, regardless of the size of the canvas.