Watermedia attracts me because it flows and it’s hard to control. Random patterns emerge because the water creates its own way, its own movement that I must adapt to and work with and allow. It creates evidence on the surface, it shows where it has been, and what it has done. Painting for me is all about making a reaction happen. It’s about curiosity. It’s about capturing energy.
I am compelled to explore what the paint will do “if”. What will happen if I add rubbing alcohol, or tip the board, or spray more water onto the surface at various stages? What will the paint do if I scratch it, layer it, scrape it away, heat it, force it to dry faster than it would otherwise? Or leave it alone, let it pool and walk away from it for hours, or overnight.
I am intrigued by natural processes and forces – erosion, gravity, evaporation, sedimentation, oxidation. Because of this, even my abstract work tends to feel naturalistic, organic, environmental, landscape-like.
When you get right down to it, it’s the energy of a place that interests me. We can all sense it, but we can’t often see it. First, I connect with it. Then, I capture it in paint. Through an “agreement” with water, through a type of planned chaos, I seek those traces of energy. They cause random patterns that are unique. I create events that are frozen in paint.