My artwork reflects the colors and textures of Kentucky. I enjoy spending time in the commonwealth’s beautiful fields and forests, parks and farms, among the variety of plants and animals, regions and habitats.
The process of creating my paintings involves layering acrylic paints onto canvas or paper with a squeegee. I mix the appropriate color and scrape it onto the surface. Interesting results are achieved due to the texture of the surface, the layering of the paint and the color chosen. I cannot predict the exact shape or positioning of the paint; I rely on the process to flow, with only some control of the outcome. I continue to layer paint until a satisfying look is achieved.
Whether I am creating a representational or non-representational piece, the interplay of color, form, texture and negative space intrigue me. In some pieces the outcome is planned; in others, I follow the lead of the paint. However, it is most common that I paint somewhere in between the parameters of these two approaches. I enjoy this range of freedom in the art that I create and the expression that it allows.
My paintings range from realistic to abstract. Some of my art engages the viewer to question the subject of a piece. A painting may allude to a landscape for one person, or a waterscape for another. I like this shifting of reality and the discussions it inspires.