Inspiration for my work comes from what I observe on my daily walks along the Oregon Coast. The color and textures in nature provide me with endless experiences, which I attempt to recreate and express back in the studio. I enjoy the dynamism I observe so I try to bring that power into my work. I love the experience of creating an abstract painting. Each application of paint triggers a new idea or approach that must be explored. It’s always exciting! Working in abstraction compels me further along a path of discovery.
My approach to a painting mostly begins with the impressions of color, movement and texture I observe from the landscape around me. These impressions are used as a foundation to expand upon through intuition. I find that reacting to what has already been rendered allows for even more expressiveness. I enjoy the many layers that build up as I paint, always leaving a hint of what came before. This in turn creates the paradox of something extensively worked yet simple in its appearance. I especially enjoy color as a means of communication because its placement can create either harmony or discord. I always feel as if a painting presents me with a puzzle that has an infinite number of pieces and also an infinite number of solutions. When I choose a piece of the puzzle, the solution begins to form; yet it can all change at any moment with the next piece that I choose—so the experiment continues until suddenly a solution is within sight. The whole process moves me to reflect upon an experience and then leads me to find something new to relate in that experience.