In my work I explore the nature of continuous change, drawing inspiration from the effects of time and the elements on buildings, people and the natural world. I’m fascinated by how the present state of people, places and things—faded flaking paint, lichen on rock, lined faces, half-demolished overgrown buildings—hold clues to both the subject’s past and future.
Some of my pieces have only a few layers, others 20 or more. I make marks, add, subtract, scratch into surfaces, sand, gouge and pour to reveal glimpses of the history of both the subject matter and the painting itself—what lies beneath. It’s both the intentional effects and unintended discoveries that keep me interested in the process of making art, and draw the viewer in.
I’m particularly interested in the artistic process and how both the subconscious and unconscious mind play into what ends up on the canvas. The works of other artists, Carl Jung, and a study of the Tarot all provide rich fodder for this exploration.