What I see and experience in nature translates into intuitive paintings in my studio where I let my vision guide me to go beyond familiar perceptions. When I paint, I become silent and receptive and open up to my inner world.
In my abstract work, I aim to be spontaneous without pre-conception. Beginnning with fluid, large gestural brush strokes I respond to what emerges on the canvas. Being present in the moment, I let inspiration come to me and so translate my inner vision into form. When painting figuratively or landscapes, flora and fauna I look for the essence and let it guide me through the process.
I use acrylic paint and clear acrylic medium to build up layer upon layer and so let the image emerge gradually. After a generous wash in bright colors as underpainting, I apply stippled, sprayed or dabbed brush marks that become increasingly smaller as the painting develops, to serve as a metaphor for a world that is constantly in flux. I apply these brush marks loosely and spontaneously but maintain some control as the architect of my spiritual landscape.
My reductive process of wiping some of the paint away before it is completely dry results in a semi-transparent tapestry that allows previous layers of paint to weave together and shine through. It is my way of bringing into form what I know to be true – that everything is energetically interconnected and time is not linear.
As the image emerges in biomorphic rhythms and patterns that invoke nature’s spirit, I avoid to become too focused on beauty alone and accept the stages when the image is not at its best, to work through it and achieve a final transformation that inspires awe. My vivid hues and often unusual color combinations conjure up dream-like realms not taken from our waking reality, so fusing the ideal with the real. Universal shapes such as spirals and spheres seem to fluctuate and pulse, calling up distant worlds or microscopic cell structures, creating a drifting or suspended energy in imaginary space.
My paintings are meant to awaken curiosity and inspire with their soulful and universal nature. I intend the viewer to engage into dialog with my paintings, to look closer and feel and resonate deeply where they come from. To engage the imagination is to expand our view of our natural surroundings and gain a new appreciation.