Artist Statement Feb 2012
Milton Avery said, 'Why speak when you can paint?'
Painting is my preferred method of communication. Oil painting and expressing myself through the art process is very natural for me. I find it therapeutic as well as a regular discipline. I am inspired by basic color, patterns and designs in my day-to-day life. I travel into my imagination and memory. I consider the variety of people, turns of phrases, music genres and color combinations that evoke an emotional response in me. Sometimes I enjoy plein air painting. I might feel a strong compulsion to remember the sense of light and try to capture the feeling on canvas. As I amass more contextual clues, I feel close to uncovering the mystery of representation.
I have my own way of approaching a subject where color, composition, and innovation all play a part. I work alone in my studio. Sometimes I listen to music that has various tempos, changing textures and dynamics. Music redirects my train of thought and prompts me to keep working all over the canvas to keep a sense of spontaneity and life. Sometimes I use a palette knife rather than a paintbrush. Painting more abstract works takes me down a different path. Sometimes after coming to an end through a way I've never traveled before I stand back. I am continually surprised.