Size: 10.75"W x 14.75"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
This is the first installment of the Thin Sections series of paintings I began working on in the late summer/early fall of 2013. It is something of an evolution of the Entanglement Series; the tangled lines have been pushed into the background and blurred and the focus is much more on fields of color.
The Thin Section series takes its name from the way a mineral is prepared to be viewed under a microscope. By taking a very thin slice out of an ordinary rock and examining it under extreme magnification the sample reveals hidden complexities and beauty. I think of these “thin sections” not as samples of rocks, but of experiences or ideas. The subtitles are simply suggestions and not meant to be literal, they are more like my personal free association with the image.
“Thin Section 1″ is painted with watercolor and ink on paper. Some of the inks have an iridescent quality to them that doesn’t quite come through in the photograph. Many of the fractal like geometries are achieved by applying ink to the paper directly with the dropper while the watercolor is still drying. This pulls the ink into the watercolor and creates patterns not unlike mountain streams seen from far above.
This painting is unframed.
My work is an exploration of the physical and spiritual nature of life expressed in color and movement. I believe the purpose of art is to help man find his place in the universe, and I consider a painting a success if it has that spiritual quality that draws people into a state of meditative contemplation. My work is meant to be evocative rather than representational. I want to engage the viewer and bring to the surface the same sense of wonder you might get by looking at a sunset, the northern lights, a coral reef, or a star-filled sky. This language of imagery has impressed itself upon me and it informs my visual lexicon. My paintings are composed without linguistic thought; there are no words running through my head. The process is deeply subliminal. It is my goal to communicate with the viewer on that subconscious level.