My current work is a collection of visual arrangements that utilize shape and color as a formal language. These new works resemble abstracted maps that are visual clusters derived from, maritime cultures and architecture. By embracing a flat perspective, I begin to draw upon the abstract qualities that emphasize structure and order through asymmetrical design. A visual language is invented through the meanders, motifs, repetition of forms, and distinct palettes. Each piece is created as part of a visual atlas that records a collection of responses to place and experiences, providing me with a record and clearer understanding of the environment around me.
My creative practice is based on a process of contemplation, play, and intuitiveness. The work slowly evolves from each working session, in which I work on several pieces at once. I recently introduced collage into my painting practice. The immediacy of color from painted paper, commercial cardstock, or found paper, provides an alternative to the rigors of a hard edge painting process. The layering of visual information into abstracted forms serves as my language in paint. My visual language consists of invented shapes and melodic palates that are derived from the natural environments, cartography, mid-century design, and maritime design. Combining these resources and influences has allowed me to produce original works that our honest and personal.
My work conjures ideas of place and history, beauty and loss, time and transformation. It is through my artwork that I would encourage viewers to become mindful of their own environments and begin to contemplate the visual relationships that make up those places and experiences.