My work is dependent on design fundamentals: form, color, and composition.
My style explores the relationship between man-made structures and the natural world; the idea of recognizable shapes and structures living within irrational thoughts and emotions. I begin a new piece very spontaneously and become more detailed as the composition starts to show itself. The first layer is the most erratic and freeform as I mash and scrape together a variety of acrylic colors and pumice with commercial grade joint knives.
I invented a “shoe palette knife” which I use on early layers to challenge the way my body connects to the surface.
I also work the canvas on the floor using a Swiffer tool. A dialogue is created with the painting, and it starts to show me what needs to be done.
Thick layers of acrylic and pumice and are applied, scraped off, reapplied, sliced off, etc