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My work today is a culmination of many years of painting, thinking and experiencing. My urban pop expressionist work is created by sifting through material to find just the right imagery that connects to establish a particular narrative. This art mixes my background of typography, mixed media collage, abstract expressionism and cubism.
"My photography is foremost about bold color and composition. Often tightly cropped and composed in a straightforward manner which is intended to focus attention to the main subject, my photographs can almost be heard saying “here I am, I bet you didn’t look at me in this way before.” Cultural artifacts, signs and structures that would often be overlooked form a core part of my subject matter, and bring to mind questions about the cultural origins and uses of these objects. Printed in acrylic, my photographic prints reflect and illuminate the vibrant colors and depth within."
I’m constantly striving to spend less time with each painting. To represent form with fewer brush strokes and a simpler palette. To rely on the minds eye to do the work for me. I work from sketches, photographs and scrap. After creating a rough composition, I execute the painting quickly, avoiding overworking and overthinking. I draw my inspiration from many different sources. The Bay Area figurative artists, the colorist approach of Fairfield Porter and the abstraction of Nicolas de Stael. In my most recent body of work, I’ve returned to my roots on the Maine coast. The water has always been a central theme in my life. I never tire of the endless combinations of color and form. Its meditative effects always juxtaposed with its underlying ferocity. While the repetition of horizontal bands and geometric shapes abstract the scene and calm the mind — the aggressive handling of brush and paint mimic the fluidity and raw energy of the subject matter.
One of the most arresting visuals for me is an old wall layered with papers, graffiti and text- our modern hieroglyphics. I try to re-create this beauty in my work, the layers of time and decay are what interest me. I hope that the person viewing my work will linger, trying to discover hidden imagery and text and depending on their life experience, find their own meaning or interpretation. Found images and objects function as signifiers of both individual and collective experience. By incorporating materials that are linked to the realities of daily life, I strive to establish an immediate identification between the viewer and the work of art. I am exploring the place between “high art” and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present , and two and three-dimensional space. I begin working without a final vision in mind: I use collected materials and allow pattern, texture, color and structure to emerge organically