"I am often asked what inspires me to paint. Given my studio is situated in the middle of my garden, nature is an obvious answer. Perhaps my inspiration comes from the way light reflects on the walls of my home as the hours of the day change. Mostly, I think it is less about inspiration and more about a need to express what I feel without having to use words. I connect my inner existence with the outside world by communicating through a language of color, light and spatial structure.
ON MAKING ART
“Over the years, I have painted on a wide variety of surfaces including everything from canvas and linen, aluminum and wood panels to layered plexiglass. My primary medium has been oil paint, but I have also painted with silicone caulking, inks and metal dyes.
Most notably, about twelve years ago I started painting on an industrial mesh/fabric made out of stainless steel thread. The stainless steel fabric was intended for use as a micronic filtration cloth, but I found it to be a magical surface for painting because of the way the mesh reflects and refracts light. It took me two years to figure out a way to stretch the stainless steel fabric on expansion bolt stretcher bars. I ended up having custom stretcher bars made for me out of extruded aluminum.
After five years of painting, hand folding and staining the stainless steel fabric, I returned to painting on the more traditional surface of stretched fabric over panel.”
“Creating abstract art is a process of solving problems. For the artist, the problems are about communicating accurately and moving towards resolution. For the viewer, the problem is about being able to experience and enjoy the artwork as it is, while simultaneously trying to understand its meaning.”
STAINLESS FABRIC PAINTINGS
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Costa Mesa, California