My process starts with walking, searching and experiencing on city streets, gardens, beaches, and countryside. Interiors and exteriors. I find such things as berries drying on their stems, fading flowers, a flattened magnolia pod, wooden fragments, worn fabrics and used balloons. What appeals to me in these objects is that the world has used them - they are discarded, disintegrating, discovered and then re-purposed. This creates our unpredictable dialogue.
The desire to interact with these objects brings me to painting as I try to reach for their essence with my essence. The gesture corporal. I use tube watercolor and aqua oil. No color is used directly from the tube. I mix instinctively using 3 or 4 pigments with an abundance of water to achieve the desired shade.
I juxtapose background shapes and color fields with foreground details. The works can incorporate multiple combinations of text, shape and painted fragment, as well as the single botanic specimen as icon. Some works are directly inspired by obscure details found in Renaissance paintings. I also explore shapes utilizing the white conté crayon as a drawing tool—with an overlay of both bright and muted watercolor washes and at times with the added texture of my fingertips pressed into the wet color. The resist of the crayon gives an impression of a woodcut.
I utilize the drip as both punctuation and mentor—which also can be seen as gravity’s participation. My inspiration includes the works of painters Twombly, Tuymans, Tapies and Bronzino.
Suolo antico (Ancient Sole), 2011 Watercolor on handmade paper 11 ½” x 8 ¼”; 29.2 x 21 cm.
Passaggio della colomba (Dove Crossing), 2012 Watercolor on handmade paper 11 ½” x 8 ¼”; 29.2 x 21 cm.
Winter Hydrangea, 2010 Watercolor on paper 13 ½” x 10”;35 x 25 cm.