My passion for the artistic process began to develop, along with a fascination with contemporary art, after having wandered through an art fair in the Portland Park Blocks. The freedom with media that I saw was intriguing. I began my own development as an artist through experimentation with copper, which I affect with chemicals, and soon began working with more traditional materials as well, while exploring the use of my own personal techniques and processes. My art has since developed into a mixed media style that allows for the incorporation of these varied methods and materials. There's now a constant, welcome dynamic of continually being 'behind' on my work and ideas. Having developed a wonderful circle of artist friends, I appreciate the comradery of other artists and the inspiration we draw from each others work.
Each day I cannot wait to get into my studio to start putting paint on a surface, building up, sanding down, layering, revealing, covering over. Throughout this push-pull of adding and subtracting, I’m constantly unsatisfied with a piece, covering up areas I don’t like, windowing out areas I do, layering, adding glazes, scribbling with a pencil or oil stick, often not knowing what I’m doing or wanting.
I just keep affecting the surface each day, and then something always begins to work and it starts to be fun. Shadows or textures of earlier marks show through, or a glaze over scratches is interesting, and I’m suddenly happy. As always, it’s the unsatisfied covering up, layering and random ’fixing’ that ends up to be the very aspect that makes me most happy with a piece.
Current and past representation
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