I am most centered when I am painting. Abstract Art being non-literal can take you places where the confines of description cannot. “American Zen Series” goes beyond surface, form and color into other dimensions of time, space and identity, areas not easily categorized or articulated.
The core of my work can be read as having a meditative quality, passages which are at their quietest, contemplative and at their most energized, fully brazen. In this series, non-comfort zones are visited where space is viscerally assaulted by thickly applied paint that is scraped, gouged, dripped and rubbed on the surface. In contrast, there are anonymous spaces, contemplative, womb-like places where the paintings are allowed to breathe. In the studio, I am exhilarated with the physicality and tactile properties of mixed media as my choice of expression on linen and handmade paper. While constructing the framework for a new piece, I think in terms of the stretchers as being the “bones”, the canvas as being the “skin” and the colors as being the “personality” of an idea not yet born.
My inspiration is interior and is impacted by nature’s kaleidoscope of patterns and forms. I am drawn to and respond to the multiplicity of repetitive patterns which occur at different scales in nature. These forms repeatedly surface throughout my paintings. Acknowledgement of the Zen experience is also a major influence in my life and work and is related to the literary works and teachings of the great Hindu and Zen Masters.