For the past twenty years, my primary creative focus has been on non-objective abstraction in the mediums of painting and sculpture.
It has been through the language of abstraction, that I have discovered the means for expressing my personal creative and life journey. I seek to balance the elements of order and chaos, the organic and the geometric, emotions with reason, content, and meaning. Working in an intuitive and expressionistic manner, I record my personal feelings and concerns in the spontaneity of the present moment. I strive to synthesize diverse elements and styles into a balanced harmony, which speaks to the viewer and encourages introspection and visual pleasure.
Beginning in 2014, I began to use collage techniques to expand beyond the formal vocabulary of the flat painted canvas. Through the use of wooden extensions, I began to expand beyond the normal picture plane with a new 3-dimensional energy. The forms and other collage elements, provide a more complex interplay between surface, edge, content, and depth. The new assemblages incorporate various references such as decorative patterns, everyday objects, language and narrative. With diverse layers of personal and social/political references, a complex range of meanings and interpretations emerges from my artworks, beyond the beautiful and merely decorative.
The new constructed relief paintings and assemblages blend together my interests in abstraction with metaphorical and symbolic content. The works are created on wooden panels, often times incorporating scraped acrylic surfaces, everyday objects, digital prints and decorative toile fabrics. Though compositional order remains; the traces of the creative process suggests a state of struggle and flux. A sense of mystery, the passage of history, contemporary culture and the mystical sublime comes to life; the tapestry of a life's journey worth traveling.