Artist Statement

"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” –Paul Klee

I find abstraction and patterns a never-ending fascination. I love exploring how to express my love, frustration, inspiration, and contemplation with color, metallic paints, texture, and form.   The theme that is constant with my work is luminosity coming out of the darkness.  I also like to control chaos by rhythmic lines, or exact deliberate lines.  I can always find a use for metallic paint.  I deliberately make what I think are beautiful paintings.  This exploration has lead to several series.  

In my flower series, I choose to have luminosity come out of darkness by controlling the chaos with luminous energetic lines that surround the flowers.  Most of the flowers are very loosely painted with the control being either color,  brush strokes, drips, or luminous kinetic lines that are somewhat rhythmic.

My Abstract series is an exploration of luminosity coming out of darkness by the texture of the pallet knife strokes creates more emotion than any of my other works.  The edges and motion of this exploration are very free but the chaos is controlled by the contrast and textures.  The contrast and angle make this series my emotional work.

Both antiquities and modern art inspire me.  I like the classical arts of the Roman, Egyptian, Greek, and Chinese Empires.  I also like modern art from the Bauhaus particularly Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, and Walissy Kandinsky.  Oh, and I do like to choose my colors and textures from Art Nouveau and Gustav Klimt.  So, Gold, Silver, Reds, Blues, Purples, anything rich that contrasts well with metallic paint I use.

I have a hard time remembering artwork titles like "Red River Valley". However, I can remember the titles to my paintings if I give them regular people names then I can remember people with those names too. Thus most of my artwork is titled with common names.