My paintings are studies in layering. Pure abstraction sometimes gives way to a sense of landscape. Simple forms are often imposed over chaotic backgrounds, so sometimes what emerges is a sort of undoing off chaos, of entropy. I work on a painting until it feels balanced. The hills of Eastern Oregon and the waters of the ocean inform my works.
I paint on metal, on canvas, on paper, usually using oil enamel. I mix glazes and thinning mediums to create sheer windows through which under layers can be seen, and build layers of thick paint to create opacity and dimension. I like abstraction and I like the tension between thick and thin. I like the surprise that results from spontaneous application of paint and spontaneous color placement. A rhythm develops as I put on paint,scrape it off, build it up, scrape it off…a kind of meditative action develops, and as layers build, so does my excitement… Sometimes I let the paint drip randomly, or I scrape across the surface to create texture and light. I am influenced by the reductive process used by living artists Gerhard Richter and James Lavadour, and by the attention to simple form by Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd and Barnett Newman.
Painting on and off for most of my life, and mostly self taught, I rented studio space and began to paint full-time in2002, at the age of 57. Working abstraction, I never know in the beginning what will emerge. Five years ago I began working with Master Painter Frank Janzen at Crow’s Shadow Press to begin to create various kinds of prints…very exciting?