UNM, 1993, BFA
2016 My current series, Shimmer continues to explore what I call reactive painting. I am utilizing oils, acrylics, inks powdered pigments and solvents to acheive a controled chaos. I am allowing the chemicals to combine and react on the surface resulting in some beautiful collusion. I am using resin to magnify the layers and give a finished glassy suface. I have left behind the deep sea/deep space palette and imagery in favor of vibrant and light colors, some subtle metallics.
I hope to engage the viewer through careful technique as well as primitive sensibilities. Humans and some animals are naturally attracted to shine and shimmer. Why? Because of our need for water. This series is both reflective and refractive. At times it reflects the viewres image back like water and it appers to bend or distort like looking into a tide pool.
Statement from 2012
Inherent in my current paintings are two major components. First are the primal feelings I get from working with the chemicals, the work is about painting and being a painter. Second, and equally important is my reverence for the natural world where most of my ideas are conceived. In this series, I used images of Deep Sea and Deep Space as my jumping off point. My intention is to evoke a place of mystery, a world unknown, a deep and dangerous beauty.
Photography has often informed my work and I prefer to shoot my own images. In this case I became awed by the images from The Hubble which are artworks in themselves. Outer Space is probably not that colorful without the manipulation and filters in the telescope. The Sea is filled with strange and beautiful bioluminescent creatures, living things that light from within. That is what I want for my paintings, to illuminate from within.
While science and photography have influenced these images, I personally wanted to stretch beyond any subject matter I had used before. It required a new type of painting technique using different materials. That requires wearing a breathing aparatus and wielding a blow torch. Ironically, I have become a kind of astronaut or diver in my own studio.
I am committed to making original work and I rarely make the same thing twice. I am a multidimensional artist skilled in many mediums, but I consider myself a painter first. At times, I have veered off painting to experiment with other mediums and to have a break. I am old enough now that I can set up my work in a retrospective format and see the evolution of my ideas through the years. I have included some older work on this site because I think it is relevent to my current work or just still fun to look at.