About My Process
Plastic sheeting allows me to shape color and channel the flow of paint. Composition is a result of the process. Plastic sheeting is the tool I use to spontaneously organize pours of color. It is removed when the paint has dried. I'm often surprised by what has emerged. Additional painting is sometimes applied directly. As a result of this process, paint exerts pressure on the picture plane from behind, like someone pressing their face and hands to window glass.
This process evolved over several years–– a process that grew from my previous work using plastic sheeting to transfer acrylic skins to paper and canvas. The process is a fluid one enabling me to work freely, without preconception, and to respond freely as the painting develops.
The surface varies widely in gloss and matte shapes, and may appear like stained glass or ice flows or aerial views of dried desert landscapes.
On paper and canvas
Most of my paintings, have been acrylic on paper, in various sizes, often painted simultaneously in small groups on my work table. Many are “experimental” as I work out new ideas (color, composition, applications), looking for new directions and possibilities. As I follow my “muse” (where the paintings lead), a series may develop. Strays and orphans, leftover, are simply the road not taken. Paper paintings made in 2018–2019, paved the way for my current paintings on canvas. Those ideas and methods have been scaled up for canvas.
Watercolor on paper
My “rainy day” watercolors are painted at home working on a drafting table. The paints are liquid watercolors, colors from tubes, and homemade watercolors using disperse pigments. They are small in scale, painted on cold press papers from pads. Each begins with a spontaneous gesture using brushes, sometimes flooding the surface in color. I generally work back into them, as needed, to create the painting. They have proven to be an exercise in patience.