I paint with oil and mixed media on cut, torn, and collaged aluminum flashing. My process is one of chance and deliberation, addition and subtraction, composition and destruction. I build multiple paintings at once, imposing one painting’s vocabulary and syntax onto another’s and welcoming unexpected shifts in surface quality, subject matter, or color.
Each painting is a distinct kaleidoscopic moment, like a freeze-frame. Each "frame" refers simultaneously to contradictory landscapes, vantage points, color schemes, rhythmic patterns, modes of representation, and manners of paint application. Each configuration holds a sense of continuation, evolution, incompletion, and suspension.
This series of paintings relies on a few recurring motifs: distant hills or mountain ranges, bodies of water viewed from above, tropical foliage, hot air balloons, photographers photographing, uncluttered horizons, nocturnal cityscapes, bare trees in silhouette, and amusement park rides. Building a believable fiction about place remained among my primary goals even as I pushed my work farther toward abstraction.