About the art
Painting, for me, is like putting together a puzzle with no edges and no image on the box. As I glue bits of decorative paper to the surface, I outline and enhance them with bright colors of acrylic paint, sometimes losing the collage altogether. Whether or not the paper remains visible, the texture helps to shape the next layers of paint and paper. I have come to crave these textures in my finished pieces.
What begins as a random collection of unmixed colors, shapes, textures, and patterns, ultimately becomes a unified whole that combines imagination and reality. Representational forms that are blended with nonrepresentational forms make up the entirety of these mosaic-like paintings. Outlines around the shapes single the pieces out while simultaneously connecting them to each other.
What often arises from this intuitive process is a variety of natural and spiritual themes. Some of the pieces are abstract scenes, reminiscent of the forest and the mystical creatures that may or may not live there. Other pieces focus on animal forms made of fruits and other organic shapes. A search through the intense blocks of color, balanced by neutral areas, may yield a solitary inhabitant of nature, or a dream world composed of fictional characters amidst elements of the earthly landscape.