When I paint I am searching for equilibrium. I want to balance representative and abstract, simple and complex, messy and neat, geometric and organic, pristine and weathered, finished and incomplete. A painting should hold together from a distance, but reveal hidden worlds upon close inspection.
My initial objective is to capture the beauty of an individual moment. As I paint, the work reflects the inevitable process of change through time. I might be moved by light and shadow, plants in the landscape, or by the countless colors in a piece of fruit. Whatever my source of inspiration, ultimately, the painting also becomes about the act of painting.
I leave a record of the process of painting. Each piece evolves as I work. I move toward chaos, then back toward tranquility. Marks are painted over, either completely or imperfectly. Paint is added and scraped back. In some places, the paint is thin and transparent, other areas show countless layers of paint built into furrowed surfaces. When I find myself becoming too tidy, I might scrape back or scribble into the paint. If things become too disordered, I try to restore peace with expanses of color. Leaving evidence of the development of the painting is a chronicle of my exploration, experimentation and search for balance. Each painting is a unique answer to that search.