Who are you and what do you do?
I am a painter and I work in my studio full time.
What inspires you?
The way the brain registers color, movement and spatial relationships is at the heart of my work. Mark making, for me, holds personal significance. As someone who deals with dyslexia, language is a barrier that I must constantly overcome. Turning written communications into object – texture has become a way to master my disability and turn it into something positive. Obvious elements from nature influence color composition and relationships. Additional inspiration comes from the legacies of reductive, op, and minimalist art.
What themes do you pursue?
The creation of every piece of work is an intensely emotional and personal experience. I create my art as a means to interact with and respond to poignant moments in my own life and history. The overall consistent themes that have emerged over the past thirty-five years are color fields accentuated by highly textured surface with the square and grid as repetitive motifs which provide formal structure to the work. The imperfection of hand made patterns and painting are additional components important to me.
The creation of art is a deeply spiritual and satisfying experience.
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I don’t think that I would like to be compared to other artists. Rather I will list a few artists whose names may not be readily known but who I feel add original voices to the dialogue of art today: Richard Timperio, Larry Lee Webb, Peter Reginato, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, Max Cole.