These works are about the fusion of discovery, intent, and the movement and flow of an organizing chaos. My hope is that my abstract work provides an emotionally freeing and fluid experience, without any expectation on how to sense or respond to it.
I believe abstract art opens the door to problem solving, where anything is possible. Brainstorming creative ideas and then refining and shaping them is the essence of critical thinking.
My work starts from what would appear to be random chaos as I throw out ideas in the form of paint globs and large brushstrokes before organizing into something more structured. For me it’s about being strategic with the process, allowing the emotions of the moment to lead me, and yet to not be constrained by trying to hit a targeted goal with a finished object. I always start a painting with some concept, vision or idea, but I don’t always have to know where I’m going to end up. It’s about the discovery and how I build on it. It seems to me this is like the natural world, which has a process that takes disorganization, and organically rebuilds life and order out of that chaos. It builds on what works with greater intent as it becomes more complex. Does life have to know where it’s going in order to be successful? I know I’m working on a great piece when I totally lose control before bringing it back to something beautiful and better than I had imagined. I know many artists work with a similar process, but my pieces also end up looking like organic life forms, plants, tidal pools, and other fragments of the natural world. It is important to my work that I have spent decades painting representational landscapes, and now I am focused on abstract works that mimic the patterns of nature.
The journey is as important as the destination. Sometimes it’s about throwing paint to see what will come out most interesting and inspire the next obsession. Color relationships in my art have always been key, as I am drawn to play with what the eye thinks it sees and pull out the colors we don’t typically acknowledge. What gets me excited are the colors that have no name, the shapes of entangled fragments and the things that are only interesting because of what surrounds them. Sometimes the best stuff is in-between the big obvious stuff.
I love the visual sensation of impressionism with its freedom of light, color and brushstroke. What I also enjoy is moving in close until the work becomes abstract. I have been a Plein-Air impressionist painter for most of my thirty-year career as an artist. I see my abstract work as an extension of my landscapes without the constraints of horizon or representation. This allows me to create something that is sensual and amorphic where the viewer has the freedom to associate at will. I paint the atmosphere without painting clouds. I create oceans without painting water. I am depicting nature without drawing the trees.
I’ve been privileged with my classical training to study under the tutelage of many renowned contemporary artists including Ned Mueller, Quang Ho and Kevin McPherson. I studied while on an art scholarship at Young Harris College in North Georgia and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Georgia Southern University. My career has afforded many opportunities to display in corporate shows, art festivals, galleries and businesses. I am also represented in many private collections. My obsession with nature and it’s influence on my work have thrived with my very nomadic lifestyle. I have lived in exotic Hawaii, scenic Northern California, the East Bay of San Francisco, the beautiful Piedmont of North Carolina, and the paradise of the Gulf Coast of Florida. I am currently planning the construction of my final studio in North Carolina.
Verdan Humbolt 64" x 56"
Urstiquoi 48" x 46"
Citronette 46" x 46"