In my art, whether it is in the subject matter or the technique, I always ask: “What is behind all that?” It can be a message or a feeling. I create art that reveals and hides, exposes and conceals. I like the viewer to wonder and imagine.
When I begin a painting, I never know what the end results will be. I start by laying in the larger shapes which define the structure and set the movement of the piece. I further enhance the design to establish a strong composition. I add texture and color to generate tension within the elements, and I use the layers to add depth and a three-dimensional illusion. As a mixed media artist, I work with ordinary, everyday materials, such as paper, cardboard, sand, and spackle. My favorite technique is pouring water mixed with glue and pure pigments over the texture I have created, that grounds the piece. The water finds its natural flow and accentuates and reveals the surface finish.
The biggest challenge I face comes at the end of creating a piece. I stop when the painting is pleasing to my eye, and I see balance in the composition and colors.
The real interpretation of the paintings is not what I see, I cherish what the individual viewer sees.