I consider my work to be a kind of emotional landscape. My favorite “brush” is a two foot long piece of Plexiglas, which I’ve learned to use in different ways to control differing patterns and textures.
Using the most basic elements — mainly color, texture and especially depth — I attempt to create a personal experience for the viewer. I build up my pieces starting with a basic color field, followed by a random splattering of an acrylic gel/molding paste medium, and then applying and mixing oil paint directly onto the canvas.
Though I have a concept of the feeling and color combination, I never know exactly how a piece will look when finished. The process is a constant push and pull of giving up control and then taking it back, and discovering the finished painting is of constant interest to me.
My goal is to provoke personal feelings and even memories. Rather than using specific imagery I use the basic elements of color and texture to create a more universal space where people can bring their own unique view to the canvas.
A person once told me that a certain painting reminded them of the feeling they used to have standing in their grandmother’s backyard on Cape Cod in the summer. The lack of specific imagery allows the viewer to enter the piece and travel through their own personal landscape, taking from it what they personally put in, like a Rorschach ink blot. Nietzsche said, “the ‘subject’ is not something given, it is something added and invented and projected behind what there is.” In the end, there is only paint; it is more my subconscious that appears than whichever conscious meaning any of us attempts to add.