The inspirations for my paintings are: the environment, a particular feeling, a place I have visited, to name a few. The common thread for all my work is that I need to feel a connection to what I am doing. It has to engage me and resonate for me in a way that I HAVE to paint a particular work.
I paint with oil and cold wax medium. Using palette knives allows me to apply the paint to the surface in a textural manner. The building up of countless layers which are then scraped and gouged, when removed emit a feeling of discovery. I love the way the colors interact with the previous colors. Digging, adding, subtracting makes me feel like an archaeologist as I am searching for a certain result...which I do not know until it happens. Because I paint more from intuition than a pre-planned image, I need to get the planning out of my way, so to speak. Meaning, I don’t want to overthink what I am creating. When I do that, my process is more fluid and in the moment, which is what I am constantly striving for-to be in the moment and not worrying about the end result.