My paintings explore the dynamic between geometric forms, line, and organic textures primarily through the use of oil paint. Experimentation is a strong aspect of my work as I am constantly investigating this contrast of line and surface texture.
My work has developed over time, but the investigation of geometric and organic forms and textures has always been present. Geometric forms and organic textures used to be very separate entities in my work but over time I have merged them by working with layers in my paintings. I am interested in nontraditional techniques and indirect methods including pouring paint and spreading paint across the canvas using a squeegee. I use a variety of tools to express these textured abstractions including a squeegee, sponges, knives, paper towels and fingers. Many of the tools I use are ones that I have created myself using found materials. The work that I create tends to be very process-oriented. My squeegee paintings are made up of multiple layers using different materials for each. For the first layer I will water down different acrylic paints and pour the mixtures onto the canvas. The second layer is made with black ink, sometimes representing a landscape or other object, and sometimes completely abstract. The third layer is made with oil paint that is usually directly out of the tube and my windshield wiper that I use as a squeegee. The colors tend to be right out of the tube because I enjoy the indirect quality of watching the colors mix on the canvas as I use the squeegee. How I react to the canvas with the squeegee depends entirely on how I feel about the under painting that I have created. Sometimes I will feel the need to almost completely cover the under painting and sometimes I will only use the squeegee on a certain area of the canvas in an attempt to compliment what is underneath. I am drawn to the squeegee as a tool because it allows me to create areas that are more organic in nature, but it also allows me to experiment with line and more geometric qualities.
I am very inspired by abstract expressionism and the idea of action painting. My squeegee paintings are created on the ground; the body movement required to pour and scrape paint across the canvas that this requires is very important to me. I want viewers to be able to place themselves in my position as the artist and be able to recreate the choreography required to make the painting within their minds as I do when I see a Jackson Pollock painting. I am influenced by the work of Gerhard Richter as well. I find inspiration within the idea of “found abstractions” that I discover in urban and natural environments. Inspiration is also found in the female figure and in cityscapes, as both are a reoccurring subject within my mixed media and oil paint pieces. Other materials that I have incorporated into my work include glass, ceramics, photography, fabric, charcoal and spray paint.