Artist Statement

Gestures and Inscriptions

My new paintings are an exploration of the medium itself and the aesthetic effects of making marks. They are experiments with paint and painter’s tools–with a focus on color simplicity and the influence of light and texture.

At its simplest level, a painting is an interaction between the paint, hand and mind. These paintings are similar to a dance; but instead of a stage, I use a canvas. My hand is like that of a dancer’s body leaving gestures inscribed on the ‘stage.’ My aesthetic sensibility serves as choreographer determining the visual character of the dance. In the end, these works are simply a record of words and gestures captured in time and evidence of a transient life.

Most recently I have introduced words inscribed onto the canvas. They appear like ancient ‘messages in a bottle’ or epitaphs permanently obscured by weather and time.