A Journey Through the Exploration of Materials and Self
My initial objective when creating artwork is not to achieve beauty, it is to explore a personal story through the creative process. The story is hidden within the surface by the use of line, texture, color, movement, repetition, and expression. Once the story or memory feels complete, I work to resolve the aesthetics depending of the energy of the work. Not all stories are meant to be beautiful, but there can be beauty found in both the darkness and the grotesque. My artwork often evolves from both experiences and memories merged with present inner emotional expression
Horses are the predominate subject of my work. These equestrian images often become anthropomorphic. They are frequently combined with inventive botanical fields and landscapes. The body of my artwork consists primarily of drawings and paintings. My artwork initiates from personal photographs. My photographs are regularly taken while exploring, primarily the Southwest. Horseback riding, hiking, and occasional road trips help to initiate my creative process. My initial focus when taking photographs is the composition, looking for a strong focal point, contrast, repetition and balance.
Using one, or the combination of my photographs as a starting point, I begin a drawing. My drawings are constructed by the repeated layering of gesso, charcoal, and India ink.
This process many times will stir up memories and feelings. Through the process, they emerge to the surface.
Many of my paintings, either acrylic or oil evolve from my charcoal sketches. They are often created by the combination of the experimentation of materials, and from spiritual reflection. The result of repeated layering, and removal of paint from the surface until the desired result is achieved.
I prefer to work on large surfaces. This helps me to fully engage my energy into my work. The majority of my paintings are on hand stretched canvases, some as large as 84” x 96”. My goal is to be able to continue this process of self-exploration through the creation of art. Merging the experimentation of materials with emotion and memory.