These new paintings present a steep departure from my previous body of work in almost every imaginable way.
Unlike before, when I worked the canvases on trestles with knives and concrete scraper tools , to create multi-layered, non-objective paintings, the new work is made upright, with brushes, and speak in a language of abstract imagery.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that the once tightly controlled color
inspired by the natural world, has been unleashed to explore a new palette of highly contrasted secondary hues.
The images have grown organically over the last several years, inspired by southwestern landscape, the sea, and buff art.
I see these new paintings as conversations, sometimes seemingly, frustrated, interrupted, or covered over. They speak to me of a yearning to communicate feelings that are not always easily articulated, welcome, or warmly received, as between a parent and child, or lovers and friends. Stilted conversations, subterranean meaning, awkward paintings.
Arising, 2019, oil on birch, 60x60