welcome to my studio

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 with the style moving through different genres' the essential approach of abstraction has remained a consistant quest. Be it figurative, landscape or an interpretation of a more internal domain I seek to explore the expressive nature of painting using various processes and mediums. Creating artwork primarily through an intuitive process requires a certain level of flexibility and openness to the unexpected. To be able to invent and reinvent again from one moment to the next is a necessary skill set. With my recent works I am seeking a compositional harmony within the chaotic movement of energetic brushwork, patterning and floating areas of color. I usually work within the context of a series.This allows me to maintain a level of continuity throughout a specific collection of paintings.  

photo of t.cline in front of painting

I paint from a deeper subconscious part of my being. Moving paint around a canvas informed by stored memories. Feeling the rich viscosity of paint and the sound of the knife as it scrapes across a surface or mixing pigments into colors that represent a feeling I’m trying to express become a very visceral experience. I try to let go of everything outside of this moment and just work from the gut, letting intuition guide my actions. It's like watching interpretive dancers move across a stage as they feel the music in their body, as they respond to the other dancers or jazz musicians in an improv setting.It's a partnership of sorts. It's all about working with and responding to the materials from one moment to the next. Working without deliberation in short segments of time, then step back to evaluate before going forward. I work in this fast and furious mode then slow and contemplating 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.