My current body of work is influenced by the process of deconstruction. After a shattering disclosure that left me untethered and isolated, I started writing in unreadable streams of consciousness, with pen in journals then with brush on canvas. This process allowed me to deconstruct the situation and reduce the quagmire resulting from deep betrayal into something exploratory.
The visual rhythm, symmetry and resulting patterning of the writing inspired me to explore the tension between exposure versus subversion. I started to paint in thin layers over the writing. The paint would drip and run and mingle with the written words and start to obscure them. The horizontal nature of the writing would push the painting towards a landscape and I found myself exploring the idea of landscape deconstructed to its most basic elements.
I work on a dozen or more paintings at a time in various stages. I write madly on fresh canvas, draw pictures, explore patterns and color relationships until a landscape starts to emerge. I then follow and develop the image until I achieve a balance between the chaos of the written word beneath, the riot of paint and color, and a sense of peace.
2006 – Encaustic Workshop – SITKA Center, Otis, OR
1989 – BA – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
April 13 – July 13, 2017