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.

 

A recent book titled "Art and Reductionism in Brain Science" written by a Nobel Laureate 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.

Rules are still required to create a good composition but the end result, in abstract form, is understood in a unique way with each viewer. According to the book the individual reacts from their own history, perspective, color preference and emotion. Since the work is typically not a recognizable form such as a figure or a landscape the individual reaction must be based on the viewer background and history. Looking at an abstract piece places the viewer in the position of the artist as each stroke is created and laid on canvas.