My processes are mostly intuitive. I love texture and layers. Ideas come from walks in the park, communication and from my imagination. Creating gives me a feeling of exuberance. Brushes and paint give me energy. Hidden secrets and memories of past experiences are often revealed. During solitary moments, certain colors generate warmth as I enjoy the creations. It's hard to stop creating, time flies, and I find peace of mind. Painting is one of the best parts of my day.
The mixture of textures and colors often make it hard to tell where one color ends and another begins. Customizing my stamps and stencils gives my work its own flavor. Delightful surprises await when using them with molding pastes: repetition of circular designs, twirls, swirls, and random images. My paintings are alive with movement. The metallics feel sensuous.
I often choose the main colors and then make a wash of the lightest two. Working mostly intuitively, I might add tissue or rice paper and add more washes. Applying textures, colors, and other materials instinctively and spontaneously, allows me to surrender control and embrace innovation. Various textures make me want to run my fingers over certain areas of my art. Adding fibers and cheesecloth draw my eyes to various portions of my paintings.
Because of their quick drying time, and their availability in heavy body, fluid, ink, etc., I choose acrylics. Gels and mediums change the viscosity, surface sheen, and feel of acrylics and provide new enlightening discoveries.
Ideas come from walks in the park, communication and from my imagination. In creating the Evolution Series, my head was filled with thoughts of daylight, infinity, both male and female genders, creation, bones, eggs and the uterus, and growth, i.e. egg to birth to adulthood, and tadpole to frog. I thought of outer space, the collision of the planets, and a black hole. Man went from bending over to standing upright. The seafloor came into view and exposed its bounty. The Evolution Series represents the harmonization of chaos and order, of simplicity and complexity, and of the awe-inspiring feeling of existence.
Some of my art along with the art of several other artists will be exhibited at the Village of Friendship Heights Art Gallery. Hope to see you at the opening reception.