“Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” This Merton quote nurtures my own intention to create artwork that holds the viewer, asking them to be present in the moment, allowing themselves to be drawn into the details of each piece. Each non-objective painting explores expressive linear gesture, color, mark-making using a wide variety of tools, unique textures, and deep layering to create a feeling of time and wear using cold wax medium with oil paint and oil sticks. Past works include encaustic wax mixed media, acrylic mixed media, as well as Korean joomchi paper wall sculptures,
The creative process is driven by a need to find balance between chance, control, chaos, and authenticity. A random mark is made initiating a rhythm of action and reaction, creating a tension between chaos and order. Time and again, I find myself in conversation with the piece, often letting go, and allowing the process-oriented work to inform itself. There is an alchemy that takes place within the piece when I am in a state of full awareness. Fearlessness or sitting with the unknown, intuition, a thirst for problem solving, as well as the spontaneity of exploration, move my creative process forward. When I step away from a piece and its elements resonate with harmony and balance, but still hold a creative tension, I trust it is complete.
Daily Svaroopa yoga and meditation practice informs, supports, and compliments my overall creative philosophy. I strive to manifest this mysterious energy through abstraction. My artwork has been described as paradoxical in nature -- strangely familiar; naturally uncanny; randomly ordered; or disparately harmonious; which I believe is an expression of the dualities that exist within all of us often allowing viewer can be connected with the artist on a deeper, more subtle level of awareness, which completes the creative cycle.