Absorbing the temperature fluctuations of forms awakened by light fascinates me. In my painting process, I work primarily from direct observation. My subject acts as a compass, redirecting me when my painting is lost. Each time I revisit a subject it changes, revealing new and different relationships, this is due in part to changes within myself. As my subject changes, I try to express these newly absorbed visual sensations. For me, this process is highly engaging, and often surprising. Just as I feel that I am beginning to understand what I am looking at it changes, reminding me that I still have more to see and learn. Light is everywhere that I look, I find that shadows are not passive, but gently dancing in low light.
As the light of the day and weather transition, I move to projects that suit a particular light, or I redraw my paintings to avoid inconsistent color structure. I redraw my paintings often, scrutinizing shapes, even in more developed stages of the painting. Working with line to describe form allows me to see things differently, it allows me to find useful information. At the end of each painting session I judge my days work and often, smudge, flatten, scraping, re-grounding, and sanding away what is unacceptable. Sometimes all that remains is a residual image, this pentimenti serves as an informative and malleable base for the next days work.
I paint on a variety of surfaces to be surprised and challenged. The surfaces vary in color, texture, and feel. My surface choices are influenced by a wide variety of painting processes. I experiment with various painting mediums and paint additives to adjust the viscosity, sheen, and texture of the paint film. Some additional tools that I use are rulers, a calculator, rags, and at times, the tips of my fingers.
I paint objects, landscapes and figures. My subjects are drawn from my surroundings, from my personal history, and from paintings that I admire. I oftentimes organize my compositions to subtly describe observations and concerns from my daily life. Objects that I include in my work include skulls, potted cacti, fruit, foot-lockers, boots, bricks, and fabrics.