Painting as possibility – an act of faith rather than a stance. Not ideas about the thing, but the thing itself.
I explore painting as an articulate, sensual instrument of non-verbal thinking -- a mode of perceptual inquiry rather than of narration, conceptual illustration, or critique.
Painting sets up a fascinating relationship between its complex conditions -- a flat but potentially illusionistic space, a sensual medium, no words -- and the human intelligence that occupies them. As a painter interested in a non-mimetic engagement with these conditions, I situate myself at the threshold of linguistic intelligence, where sensation, emotion, memory, and intuition mingle on the verge of cognition. In this transitive space -- between sensing and saying – fleeting perceptions nevertheless cohere. My challenge is to create compelling analogs not of the white noise itself, but of the moment at which it begins to filter into consciousness.
Like its mute cousin music, painting has the capacity to project great clarity without words – a clarity distinct from certitude (which seems to have no place in today’s artistic endeavor). Being committed to the clarity of presentation possible within painting's sub-linguistic space has led me to experiment freely with diverse techniques and media, a hybrid practice favoring a stylistic eclecticism that can belie its coherent underpinnings. For the last several years, I have been painting from digital studies that are generated from fragments of my own previous work. The result resembles a gamut of genealogies -- paintings linked one to another by at least one element of a preceding painting, similar to evolution via genetic recombination -- or the earth’s geological layering. This process, a dynamic equilibrium in which chance and artifice are equal players, keeps my work mobile while satisfying a need for structure and the rigors of problem solving. Its essence is renewal via the recycling of energy and identity from one context to another, and the work conveys, I hope, a sense of live matter in constant flux.