I am a Colorado artist inspired by everything...the mundane, the extraordinary, the personal, the broadly public. Color, light and texture inform my work along with a “no fears” approach.
In abstraction, I have found a path to expressing my inner self as well as my world view. To me, everything in the world is interconnected and nothing is permanent. Addressing any situation is, therefore, never black and white. Instead it is a palette full of nuances, possibilities, options and decisions. This is, to my mind, the world and it is my art.
The process of using cold wax with oils facilitates this world view. The oil paint dries more quickly than normal; the wax surface can be scratched, gouged, patterned, pressed and stained layer after layer. This adds incredible depth and texture to any painting and as a consequence, enhances the visual experience and challenges the viewer to see deeply. A quick glance is totally insufficient.
I like to say I am a recovering academic. Painting, particularly abstraction and the use of cold wax techniques, is a way to break bonds, to move away from the rigidity of academia. Yes, there are rules in painting and they are meant to be bent and broken as needed. Painting is the most freeing, the most challenging and the most peace-inducing experience of my life.