At the heart of my work is a sense of discovery. I begin with an unrestrained palette of color washes and random graphite flourishes, allowing the work to build as abstract forms and accidental visual elements emerge. These forms and elements represent shapes in nature such as stones, twigs, pods, blades, clusters, and at times geometric objects informed by architecture or industry. As I study these random references, I convert them to abstract images in my mind and on paper.
By creating this visual language, I aim to harness the initial disorder of a new creative work and ultimately give it structure. As the work matures, I apply a more deliberate and controlled approach introducing formal attributes of rhythm, flow, repetition, composition, scale, balance, color, contrast, depth, and line.
It is the play between the spontaneity of the creative act and the discipline of the process that I find most interesting. With this approach, the work evolves into scenes of micro-environments and abstract landscapes, layered and textured by organic forms.