My paintings are about the tension and balance between line and form. A painting is a two-dimensional object but changes in color and shadow may imply something in existence behind an object. Color and form are all around us in everyday life and I use both in exploring perceptions. Often there are several layers of paint with the initial layer still visible in sections of the art. The ongoing dialogue takes place between the canvas and myself.
As I try to create forms in perfect balance I also push against it by wanting to break into the shape and disrupt the line. Finding the balance between structure and the choice for spontaneous play is an ongoing challenge.
In the book titled "Art and Reductionism in Brain Science" the author discussed the function of abstract art. It has always been a challenge to explain art that looks like spilled paint. The abstract expressionists of the past reduced form and familiar structures to lines and shapes to simplify familiar objects/emotions until the most basic elements were revealed.
Looking at an abstract piece places the viewer in the position of the artist as each stroke is created and laid on canvas. Inspiration may come from noting the bramble of leaves during a walk, deterioration of a building or the colors of fall. Sometimes there is not intention other than playing with paint. It may be a mood or emotion that begins the dialogue on canvas. The back and forth process becomes dynamic and the early remnants of the work are often still visible in the layers. The end result is a layered surface with it's own story to tell.