A moment in time, the rhythm of marks, the magic of seeing a relationship for the first time, the running of all the energy one can muster in the moment of seeing and discovery.
In my newest collection, the imagery is based loosely around the primordial world found in swamps and other places affected by the movement of water, wind and environmental events. This is where life begins and ends; sometimes quietly and sometimes with an explosion of energy.
I am currently creating most of my paintings out of plaster, clay, various types of fibers, raw pigments and sometimes found objects. These materials were chosen for their sculptural properties, which provide the ability to build the surface textures that interest me. Like an archaeological excavation, these bits of bone, wood, and other objects reveal what is left of the past, and relate to the passing of lives and bits of memories of what once was.
The use of fibers in the plaster creates a pulling – a series of lines that hold things together, but also a pulling apart of the surfaces, much like the way our lives are affected by the passing of a loved one.
All my life I have been drawn to working on paper. I love drawing, printmaking and painting on paper. There is a freedom that you get – the image or finished piece doesn’t feel so precious in comparison to canvas and other surfaces, where you feel you should spend more time. On paper, you’re just in the moment.
The Plein air landscapes that I have been working on are mixed media on paper graphite, pigment, shellac and oil paint. I generally work on heavy watercolor papers that I gesso so the oil doesn’t soak into the paper and it can run freely across the surface.
My paintings on canvas are created much the way I work on paper. They’re like a sketchbook. The Plein Air landscapes are done in one sitting or event – I rarely go back into them. My goal is to capture that moment in time and what I am seeing, feeling and smelling around me.
The canvas is a joy to work on. Unlike paper, there’s a bounce of the brush against the surface and the paint holds to the surface differently giving a different experience and form of expression.
The constructions / paints are born in one primary event, then over several weeks / months slowly refined to the finished piece. Most of the time my references are from the materials I am working with. Each material, such as paper, wax, paint, pigment, and bits of wood, create textures, colors, shapes and lines which lead on a path of discovering various visual relationships.
The found objects such as bits of plastic, fabric, rope….. I pick up when walking primarily on the beaches of Cape Cod. I am disturbed by the debris washed up on our beaches, so the use of these pieces is a partial comment on man’s lack of caring about his environment. The other aspect is a reuse – finding the beauty of shape, color or texture, and then using that as I make the construction.