“Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” This Merton quote nurtures my intention to create work that holds the viewer, asking them to be present in the moment and to be drawn into the details of the piece. My work explores expressive linear gesture, color, mark-making, unique textures, and layering which create the illusion of energy, movement, and compressed space. My focus is expressive abstract painting in encaustic wax often combined with oil pigment sticks. I also create work in acrylic mixed media, Korean joomchi paper sculpture, and rust-printed textile collage.
My creative process is driven by the need to find balance between chance, control, and authenticity. A random mark is made and needs to be brought back to order, initiating a rhythm of action and reaction which creates a tension between chaos and order. I find myself in conversation with each piece, often letting go and allowing the work to inform itself. I intuit a piece is complete when an alchemy has taken place, and its disparate elements resonate with harmony and balance, but still hold a creative tension.
My work is an exploration in the visual language of shapes, signs or symbols that have specific meaning and are part of my life experience. Mark-making varies from the extremely subtle to the grand gesture; from something so slight as to seem like a dried teardrop, to circles, grids, and marks of time and wear. A variety of techniques using unusual tools or found objects are employed to create unique surfaces by constructing and deconstruction layers, repainting, firing with a torch, embedding, collaging, stenciling, etching, pouring, splashing, or dripping layers of hot wax.
Daily Svaroopa yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice informs, supports, and compliments my overall creative philosophy. My artistic process calls upon the subtle forms of universal creative energy found within all living things. I strive to manifest this mysterious energy through abstraction. My artwork has been described as paradoxical in nature — strangely familiar; naturally uncanny; randomly ordered; or disparately harmonious. I believe this is an expression of the dualities that exist within all of us and may connect the viewer with the artist on a deeper more subtle level of awareness, completing the creative cycle.