Whatever medium or technique I am working in, I love the unexpected, the rhythm and interplay between line and form. I prefer creating abstracts for just this reason—combining charcoal, paint, ink and found papers that result in a totally unplanned vision, an emerging theme in design or story. My non-objective work is open to interpretation-the viewer is challenged.
My abstract artworks are both analytical and intuitive. I begin with a loose gestural painting on a canvas or illustration board or a charcoal value study on Bristol board if the work will be monochromatic. I then add structural lines on which I build my composition. From this point I select, arrange and transform found and designed papers, paint and scribble, add, remove erase and enrich design until it “feels complete.” My objective is to create pieces that are balanced, harmonious and intriguing.
While I love working abstractly, I also enjoy doing realistic landscapes in pastel and watercolors. The scenes are inspired by my visits to Cape Cod, Maine and the Hamptons. Utilizing “plein air” sketches and photos, I work both on location and in my studio. my objective is to capture the uniqueness of the scene . I paint what I see, but also try to bring out the feeling that the scene evokes.