My work is a continual exploration of the human form and its relationship to the temporal space it inhabits. Recently, the space itself has become more of an abstract narrative, irrespective and often without the figure.
A self-taught, Bay Area artist, I work using a palette knife almost exclusively, energetically covering the canvas with thick layers of paint that are worked and reworked. The texture becomes an object as well as a space; it is empty yet has a restless energy. The figures and forms reveal themselves to me as I am painting, often emerging as an image that morphs into something totally different by the time it is complete. This method allows me little control, suggesting emotions and states of being rather than detailing.
The figures themselves are universal, more evocative than descriptive.
Music is an integral part of my process. Loud, rhythmic music pulsating in my studio helps take me to an altered state of mind where brushstrokes often follow the beat and forms materialize, simultaneously revealing and disappearing as the music moves me.
My travels have also informed my work profoundly, most specifically, my years living in the Italian countryside. The saturated colors of the yellow-lit fields of sunflowers, the lines of the olive tree branches against the sky, the layers of crumbling history on the buildings and the richness of the Italian culture all entered in my psyche and influence my work still today.
I am inspired by many great artists, including the Bay Area Figurative painters, Hans Hoffman,
Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly and Giacometti.