My work grows from a single mark, made with a 0/20 paint brush, measuring approximately 1/4" x 1/16". It is applied again and again until the surface of the painting is covered. Evolving from a desire to make an unintentional associative image, the mark is applied with intent to suggest both the random and the intuitive, its physical presence eliciting associations and ambiguity. The sub-total of the vast quantity of these generic abstract marks suddenly becomes bigger, morphing into images that escape the "form" and solicit sensation and memory (impressions of clouds, steam, fur, a sub-atomic world).
The Pink and Gold paintings are part of a series using 24-Karat gold, over 1000 leaves per canvas applied to a surface meticulously prepared to enhance the reflective quality of gold. Gold is what I consider a "universal material" that is both seductively present and inaccessibly distant. The enigmatic nature of this material complements the vocabulary of the painting, which is a vacillation between abstraction and figuration coming into focus and dissolving once again.