In my collages I like juxtaposing, inverting, and appropriating images to create new visual gestalts. I work abstractly, arranging cut-up components with an eye to unexpected relationships. My process involves lifting images from their familiar contexts. I am always trying to overcome my own habits of vision and “rules” of two-dimensional design.
Elements are affixed with acrylic medium. My resources include calendar
photos, book illustrations, and magazine ads. I arrange found patterns,
textures, and fields of color within a horizontal frame.
I have also made some small, abstract paintings in enamel on
fiberglass cloth. Each work is cut-out from a larger painted surface
with attention to color relationships and patterns. Each is a vignette
of a gestural episode or "incident." My process involves using my
fingers to spread poured and sprayed paint on the surface. The small
scale of these works invites closer inspection. In some cases, pieces of
paintings are collaged together.
Both my paintings and my collages reflect a long-standing visual fascination with Turkish carpets, Japanese prints and textiles, primitive design, and patterns in nature. I like looking at collages by Schwitters, Rauschenberg, and Rosenquist; I am also drawn to abstract painters like Kline, Diebenkorn, and Twombly. I also love landscape and the fact that all my recent work is horizontal may reflect that.