My new oil paintings focus on using texture such as rocks, pebbles, tiles, bricks, mosaics and other similar imagery as backgrounds. I use this structure to work against, adding imagery in the foreground that is both arbitrary and complimentary or somehow “fits” with the background imagery. Achieving both order and chaos has been a primary objective, along with combining elements of realism and abstraction in my work. The use of various images that are visually pleasing when assembled against a broken mosaic for example, accomplishes this perfectly.
My method of constructing paintings from textures and images that I have collected is how I approach sculpture. There is an additive and subtractive process: building up images, deciding instinctively what fits and what doesn’t, taking something away or cropping to gain a better composition. These are sculptural methods of working. I am still preoccupied with line in my artwork and silhouettes, patterns, perspective grids, and dramatic differences in colors and textures, from rough and natural to organized and smooth, from rigid and uniform to disorganized, irregular and happenstance. I am excited about the new paintings and I continue to be intrigued about what could be . . .
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