Sometimes I create a painting from a purely emotional space. These pieces reflect an instinctual and raw side of my nature as an artist. They do not want to be balanced or pretty. They want to be their own expressive space - free from constraints, and in that way, utterly cathartic.
'Dump' began as a place to put extra paint - and with that detachment it developed its own layers, shape and motion. It makes me dizzy when I look at it too long. It is purely self-driven, I just followed - that is the signature mark of the Raw Series
144 x 136cm
Kitchen Sink came from an impulse to create a piece with deep thick color and use of black as a dominate player. The layers and movement are chaotic and intense but the more I live here, the more I love it. It feels like my man-cave.
95 x 93cm
I was very moved after seeing the Miro exhibition at the CoBrA museum. My next visit to the studio I created the base to this piece, it seemed out of place from my other work, but as I stepped away from it I see some of the common Miro-esque shapes that emerged and feel it's a direct connection to my exposure to his work.
40 x 35cm
I was a bit manic on the day I created this piece so I let the act of painting come from that emotional state. 'Crooked Crops' took over and wowed me with it's power and intensity. I feel it represents all of my unbridled passions.
73 x 90cm
I have created a coded alphabet that allows me to journal into my work without having the words recognizable. This piece is one giant journal entry on a day I discovered that windows open when doors shut and that I just need to be willing to fly. It was a good day.
144 x 67cm
I fought with this composition for many many months. I layered paint and took it away many times. This happens from time to time with a piece, but as long as I am patient it seems that there will always be one day where the pieces snap into place. 'Overtime' found itself after I surrendered to the process and gave it space.
70 x 40cm
There was another composition here. I scraped the thick layers of paint off while sitting in a heap in my San Francisco studio. When I recreated the piece, it became a place for deep processing for the raw emotions of that time.
76 x 6cm - stretched
I completed 'Morse Code' in the midst of communication breakdown. This painting organically clarifies my needs from a deeper part of my consciousness. Its composition, while a bit Raw, has an organization language that happened quickly and spontaneously.
51 x 40cm
A smaller work, 'New' captures the transition between the west coast and europe. I see the intensity of that time in the layers, both bright and dark. The movement is both towards and away from the light, very much like the mix of emotions I discovered in the move.
28 x 36cm
'Microbe' is the third composition where the colors were chosen for me by followers on Facebook. As I look at it, I see a community like microbes in a petri dish, populating complex, an emotive life of its own.
45 x 35cm - stretched
This painting is a good example of when I let go to the mood of the moment. After struggling with this composition, it finally had a day where it took over and completed. Even though there is 'Panic' here, I still see the pockets of relaxation.
75 x 42cm
This is one of my only pieces I have painted on cardboard and it came from an intense need to create quickly. When the urge happens, I must follow - the burst of blue along with white here tells a complex relationship that needed an immediate expression.
70 x 40cm
The complexity of the colors in this painting are full of mystery. The day I completed it was definitely a dark day, but in the end, I see the face of the future, unpredictable but promising.
61 x 30cm - stretched
It was my frustration with this composition made me reach for the black. The saturation of black here is due to the blue, brown and red that all work together to deepen the hue. Even when a day is coffee-less, it's still not all darkness.
49 x 39cm
This painting came from a nightmare I had the night before - it is reactionary and explosive in its small size. When painting is inspired by this kind of intensity it's wonderfully cathartic.
30 x 30cm - stretched