Before the age of thirty-one, I was a trained economist with little exposure to art. My artistic practice was limited to drawing stick figures and nearly flunking my junior high art class. In 1991, I took an adult education drawing and painting class from a local community college. I began my transition from economist to artist while drawing my first still life. My paintings involve a variety of media from dry wall tape to gampi paper. Whether working in oil or in acrylic, I work in a series of layers with each layer contributing depth and texture. A first layer might involve torn maps collaged onto a clay board surface. I will then paint and draw on the surface leaving some of the maps visible. The next step might be covering the painting with gestural figure drawings in pencil from short poses with a live model. Other times I will draw or stencil in abstract shapes in pencil. Next I paint or collage over these drawings, leaving parts of the underdrawing exposed. I then repeat the drawing and painting process for several more layers.
Cezanne, Matisse and Diebenkorn were my earliest influences with their mastery of composition and color. The contemporary artist Amy Sillman has also been particularly inspirational with her combination of innovative composition and color with an added dose of humor. I have been intrigued by Sillman’s experiments in printmaking and animation and how they have influenced her paintings.
In addition to painting and drawing, I also experiment with animation and various forms of printmaking. Exploring other media gives me a different perspective and new ideas that infiltrate my paintings. I have developed an idiosyncratic style with layers of color and distinctive calligraphic lines.