I am an abstract painter who works with acrylic paint. My current series of paintings are all 14”x14” on wood panel. They contain a wide color range from hot intense colors to a soft subdued palette. The works are layered, and they emphasize the contrast between hard and soft edges, flat and blended color, and the role of chance within structure. To do that I introduce varying levels of unpredictability to every layer of the painting. Doing this helps to invigorate my practice and challenge me as I respond to the unexpected things that happen.
I am largely influenced by the process of Beatriz Milhazes, and the work of Amy Silman, Mark Bradford, Gerhard Richter, and Albert Oehlen.
There is a high level of control and structure in my work and I am constantly working to undermine this by using tools like a squeegee or painting with liquid latex that cause unexpected outcomes. One of these processes is working with what I call “paint skins”. I cut shapes out of paintings done on plastic and incorporate them into the panels. As I dissect the paint skins into smaller pieces, I discover new compositions within them. These bits contribute to unexpected outcomes in the final works.
The structures within the paintings grow like cells. They overlap and are formed by both adding paint and paint skins and subtracting paint. There is a tension between the foreground and background where you are not sure which is which. Throughout the paintings the opacity varies and selectively reveals areas of the lower layers.