My paintings are the culmination of years of working with a variety of materials and techniques and the development of a visual language uniquely my own. Certain themes have emerged as well, and a process that adheres to certain principals and ideas but is flexible enough to take advantage of mistakes and welcome accidents.
The underlying system/process that exists in both nature and in man-made structures is one such theme and is expressed through the repeated use of various symbols (interlocking gears, coils, architectural or botanical images) and achieved by using stencils. Design systems that I relied on heavily as a graphic designer, ─1-inch grids, the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio─ are some of the means by which I organize these images, although frequently subverted or erased along the way in order to achieve a more satisfying, natural painting.
Subject matter is my starting point, but it is the goal of achieving a strong composition that drives my painting. Throughout the entire process, from beginning to end, I am conscious of the power of differences (small shapes beside larger shapes; the play of dark alongside light; scrubbed or sketchy, areas juxtaposed to flat, solid areas of color). By paying close attention to these differences my journey begins and the paintings often takes on a life of their own.