I begin by preparing a canvas, panel or paper with multiple coats of acrylic and gesso, which I often blend with natural materials such as sand and dried herbs. This creates a cohesive foundation and initiates some interesting texture. Subsequent and numerous layers are then gradually built up through a process of application and scraping away of medium which can include various mixes of oil, acrylic, oil stick, pencil, pastel and glazes.
The combination of abstract and representational styles facilitates a more expansive range of awareness. Borrowing from Buddhist concepts, the creation of art as in any other activity we endeavor, is a meditation... a practice... and has brought me to understand my "act" or technique of painting has evolved into what I call a process of imperfection.
Abstract necessitates freedom of mind and physical movement… It is in this creative space that simplicity and complexity become synchronous. I am inspired by a blend of words, ideas, images, beliefs and emotions – intangible concepts, made tangible through texture and color. The representational elements require a more technical approach and serve to bring a literal and defined aspect to a piece.
My purpose as an artist is simply to be true to my vision… The impetus to Authentic expression. How this is received and experienced in the eye, the mind or the heart of the observer, I leave exclusively to the viewer to decide.