Semi-Abstract / Abstract
My semi-abstracts tend to reflect my intense energy level, my love of color and my sense of humor. I tend to use landscapes, cityscapes and familiar subject matter such as flowers or still life to paint. Once the design, pattern and shape placement are constructed in my mind's eye, I use my imagination to exaggerate, distort, and flatten shapes. To increase tension and achieve a dynamic painting, I often use complementary color schemes, or full-spectrum colors as well as linework to create whimsical and fun works of art.
My abstract work is created through a process of experimentation, additive and subtractive methods. The conception of the work begins with the application of a multitude of colorful pigment layers or a variety of textural effects. Working in this manner allows me to create what I term " layers of meaning". Through these layers I search for shapes and patterns, anything that will suggest a feeling, a concept, a meaning or subject matter I may want to express. I continually ask myself what do these layers of color, pattern, and texture remind me of? What emotions do they bring up for me? The layering procedure is there to help decipher the depth of these emotions. Each layer is put down in this fashion until the whole of the painting speaks to me. Throughout this process I constantly ask myself "what if" questions. I love discovering the mystery and intrigue that can exist between pattern, shape and color. This way of working keeps the process of painting intriguing for both the viewer and myself. Enjoy!