In 2014 I began to merge a gestural style of painting with a geometric and minimal sensibility. I was combining abstract organic and geometric forms, expressive brush and knife work, and creating a less activated canvas. These paintings had a restricted palette, and reflected the theme of aging and the passage of time.This series was a dialectic between past and present, control and expression, and permanence and transcendence. Techniques were developed that mirrored the meaning of the work. For example, older paintings became new by sanding, scraping and wiping the surface with turpentine, preserving forms and subtle burst of color that became part of the new work.
In 2016, I switched my format from a 48x38 rectangle, and began to work again in squares. Form, space, edges and color become a priority against a square format on linen. In one series influenced by a residency in Israel, each painting borrowed it's composition from the previous painting. These pieces seemed like a tribe, with genetic links. In the most current paintings, form and color are still primary while I experiment with unorthodox techniques and material. As such, for example, I sew and collage on the canvases. Many of my oils, no matter how abstract, often refer to the female body. However, the abstracted and deconstructed figure is not objectified, but rather, the view is an empathic one, where the female form is viewed from the inside out.
I also have a collage practice. These works on paper contain old paintings and drawings, maps, buttons and found objects, once again creating something new from the re-purposed old canvas. These collages verge on being sculptural, as my paintings combine other media and drawing blurring the lines of painting, drawing and sculpture. Although recent work seems to emphasize the formal elements of art, there is always an emotional or psychological component. An artist's gift, is to understand uncertainty, conflict and human yearnings and make those manifest in visual language. My art reflects triumphs, joys, sorrows, losses and the complexity of the human condition.