For the past twenty years, my primary creative focus has been on non-objective abstraction in the mediums of painting and sculpture.
Beginning in 2014, I became interested in expanding the expressive possibilities of abstract painting beyond the traditional flat two-dimensional surface. Also I wanted to bring imagery and content into my art, by combining representation, text, and symbols with my usual abstract forms. I have been inspired to expand my creative practice by viewing the artworks of such Neo-Dada artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine and David Salle.
In my current series of artworks, I combine everyday three-dimensional objects and photographs with my abstract paintings; the new pieces are called painted constructions or the term I prefer, assemblages. The artworks combine materials as wood, plastic, acrylic paint, fabric, ceramics, digital photographs, and found objects. The assemblages on wood panels are often symbolic in nature and therefore can be interpreted in diverse ways and on different levels. I leave enough room for the viewer to interpret my artwork from their own unique vantage point, experiences, and backgrounds.
Through the dynamic arrangement of various objects, materials, and processes, I can more fully express the depth of my concerns as well as social issues such as class and power relations, climate change, consciousness and spiritual values. Even though there is often a humorous element to the new assemblages, I also address some of the complex and serious issues of contemporary life. I believe that the arts have an important role to play in the formation of our culture, and that through my use of assemblage; my artworks can be a dynamic voice with these critical dialogues.