Specializing in painting and drawing, my work has evolved from a traditional approach to investigations of the dimensional use of color. Landscapes have moved from site-specific to the relationship of land to atmosphere. Still lifes have moved from random ordering to the gravitation of objects with specific orientation set in spaces. These are then structured by the impact of color. Both the drawings and paintings evolve from a method of layering color to build variations of depth and patterning producing both tension and harmony. My desire is two-dimensional work that exceeds the limits of depth and become an entity for the viewer to explore through the use of color.
As painters, we strive to take a two-dimensional surface and make objects look as if they have weight, volume, and specific orientation in space. This is a challenge and can be approached in many ways. In my work, the interaction of color intensity and temperature creates the illusion of a sense of light, color, and form. Through my continued investigation of this psychological use of color, I work to exceed the limits of depth and invite you, the viewer, to enjoy the experience of exploring my use of color. My usage of color can hold its own in a vast space.
I am currently producing works in sets and series. Working in this way improves my self-discipline and methods of discovery as I examine results from one painting to another.
My subject matter includes familiar containers, vessels, and organic objects that have specific orientation set in space. These are structured by the impact of color and evolve from a method of layering color to build variations of depth and patterning producing both tension and harmony. I respect the local or intrinsic color of an object, but I deliberately choose color to create the strongest sense of depth, light, and form.
The use of complementary color is very important in my work. This method gives me the most vibrant contrasts and intensifies color as I lay it in over the under painting. As opposites in temperature, I enjoy how complements help broaden the tonal range in my paintings and enrich contrasts. Using complements also establishes color balance and harmony in my compositions and sets objects in space.