I like to work in the space that exists between the personal and the public. This effectively limits any emotional or social influence, and allows me some objective balance as I approach my work. I enjoy paintings that are elusive and somewhat ambiguous. Working in this way requires more of the artist and the viewer.
Before beginning I allow my mind to run its course, and when it has exhausted itself, that’s when I like to begin. It is also at this point, when my words are gone, that I begin to see in a different way. The success of any work depends entirely upon how well I execute this process.
Eventually the body’s memory takes over and the physical work begins. In this state, what is most immediate, what is real, is the physical play between the paint and the surface. The aesthetic choices enter into the process as the work ebbs and flows. The work is finished much in the way it began, with long periods of silent observation, punctuated by brief but critical interactions with the work.
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