WORK IN PROGRESS
(written in 2015) Two years ago I went on hiatus from art classes, workshops and shows in order to paint unencumbered by syllabi, deadlines, or exhibit themes. I worked mostly alone, sometimes with mentors and, twice, in-residence with a small group of abstract painters. Over a two-year period I produced few paintings, but many studies and experimental works. The lessons learned then have become part of my discipline as my painting vocabulary continues to evolve. Presently, I work in an abstract style that combines structured composition with intuitive mark-making.
Here, two studies for Pavers contain elements used in the larger painting that emulate the textures of a well-traveled crosswalk in Providence, RI. I am fascinated by the visual cues of how everyday things are made and used. Paint spills, patinas and builders’ marks all have found their way into my work in some way or another. Pavers is part of my current Roadshow series.