CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
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The wellspring for my inspiration can be found in the vibrancy and power that you might experience in solitary places… deep in the forest, under the night sky, out on the ocean. Working intuitively with patterns and forms that I see in nature, I distill the motifs down to abstraction, to create paintings that are composed of intricately woven layers of colour and texture. I work mainly on canvas and paper, with acrylic paints and inks.
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I like to explore how the mood of a painting can express ideas and emotions that find their parallels in the natural environment, such as examining the way that order and balance can emerge from chaos and cacophony, or how the presence of calm just beneath a turbulent surface creates a subtle tension that can only be perceived by watching closely.
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My work is intuitive and process driven – the development of each painting unfolds like a journey or a story, creating its own structure, its own plot and evolution, and eventually, arriving at its own natural conclusion.
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My latest body of work is entitled MARE INCOGNITUM. It maps out my ideas about how the visual properties of water can elicit emotions and tell stories of feeling lost and finding your way.
Snow has fallen early in my little corner of the world, but I wanted to share some of the sights and insights that have been inspiring me lately. I’ve been finishing up the work I was doing over the summer, which more often than not just means letting the paintings sit for awhile, until they […]
“Water is formless. Yet the lack of form implies neither chaos nor fragmentation. Water enjoys the purest unity, a seamlessness that can never be torn. The hydrogen within it accounts for its magical ability to stay congealed.” – John O’Donoghue I’ve recently completed several paintings that I’ve been working on since spring. The two […]
So. Following my exhortation last week asking people to consider buying original art instead of cheap screen prints, I got into a discussion in which someone asked me (in what I felt was a rather disingenuous way) if abstract art is still in style. They had read an article in the Home section of their […]