IN THE STUDIO
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I have maintained a professional art studio in the Florida panhandle area since 1995. Originally from the Midwest I moved to Florida seeking respite from snowy-cold climes and a place to build a home and studio. As my work has evolved over the years, and the style may have moved through different genres' but the essential approach of abstraction has remained the common thread. Be it figurative, landscape or an interpretation of a more internal domain I seek to explore and exploit the expressive nature of painting employing variable processes. Creating artwork primarily through the channel of intuition asks you to be open to the unexpected. To be able to invent and then reinvent again from one moment to the next is a required skill set. With my recent works I am seeking a compositional harmony within the chaotic movement of energetic brushwork, patterning and floating islands of color. I usually work within the context of a series. This allows me to maintain a level of continuity or connectedness throughout a specific collection of paintings.  

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aRTIST STATEMENT

I paint from a deeper subconscious part of my being. Always from a place where words do not directly control. Moving paint around a canvas informed by stored memories. Feeling the rich viscosity of paint on your fingers. The sound of the brush as it scrapes and scratches across a canvas. Watching the pigment transform into colors to represent a feeling. Working from the gut, letting intuition guide. It's like watching interpretive dancers move across a stage as they feel the music in their muscles, as they respond to the other dancers they share the space with. It's a partnership of sorts. I think this is a good description of what I'm feeling when I paint. I'm just working with and responding to the materials I'm creating with. I paint without deliberation in short segments of time before stepping back to let my mind catch up to what I've done before going forward. I do try to not overthink about any part of the process at this point. I work in this format until something tells me it's enough and I should stop. Sometimes I listen to my little voice and sometimes not. Every painting is a lesson.