I was recently interviewed by Boston Voyager. Here’s an excerpt:
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make paintings that incorporate a mix of gestural, process-based and geometric abstraction. Over time I’ve developed a system of experimenting within set parameters. I start by deciding on a compositional structure for a painting. Then I tape off different areas of the canvas and work on them independently. In some sections of the structured layout I experiment to see what happens. In other sections I react to those uncontrolled marks in order to create a visual relationship. I’m basically setting up a puzzle for myself by generating imagery I can’t control and then figuring out a way to make it work in the painting.
Generally, I don’t use brushes when I paint. I like to wander the aisles of hardware stores and kitchen supply stores to find tools that will make unusual marks. Currently I’m using custom-made tools similar to trowels used to float concrete. These tools allow me to build up layers of acrylic polymer and pigment to create a variety surfaces — from smooth, transparent planes to thick, opaque blankets of color.