“Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” This Merton quote nurtures my own intention to create work that holds the viewer, asking them to be present in the moment, allowing themselves to be drawn into the details of the piece. My work explores expressive linear gesture, color, mark-making, unique textures, and layering which often creates the illusion of energy, movement, and compressed space using acrylic paint, encaustic wax, oil sticks and/or handmade papers.
The creative process is often driven by my need to find balance between chance, control, chaos, and authenticity. A random mark is made and immediately needs to be brought back to order, thus 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 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. My work is often a manifestation of an inner exploration portrayed in form, texture, color, shape, signs or symbols that have specific meaning and are part of my life experience.
My mark-making varies from the extremely subtle to the grand gesture; from something so slight as to seem like a dried teardrop, to circles, grids, and marks of time and wear. A variety of techniques using unusual tools or found objects are employed to create unique 2D and 3D surfaces often by printing, scratching, painting, stamping, embedding, collaging, tearing, etching, pouring, splashing, raking, dripping, layering, folding or sculpting a variety of media. The viewer often finds word-like inscriptions, either decorative script or Cyrillic and Arabic-like lettering; but language is just one more graphic element of no more importance than any other mark.
Daily Svaroopa yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice informs, supports, and compliments my overall creative philosophy. My artistic process is a means to call upon the subtle forms of universal creative energy found within all living things. 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. Sealed with sacred Tibetan healing symbols, perhaps the viewer can be connected with the artist on a deeper, more subtle level of awareness, which completes the creative cycle.