My paintings and collages are based on working from observation. Color plays a role in the economy of expression, which is the formal focus of my work. Through this process, with paint and other materials, I manipulate color, shape, composition and subject matter in such a way that it engages the viewer and invites a closer investigation and interpretation.
For the past several years I have been painting small house/garage structures en plein air. I have found that I initially look for light and shadows but I am also looking for signs of life. The people we never see and who are invisible to the viewer, the emotions that rise up from the shape of the structures. I feel like an eavesdropper looking and wondering what goes on inside as I paint. I also create cut-paper collages that allow me to further explore these ideas. I prefer to think of the collages as layered paintings.
 
My current exploration is creating small drawings/paintings from observation. I use that information to make large oil paintings and layered paintings focusing on the minimal amount of information needed to convey the discovered emotions.





 

 
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