Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
This piece began as a bright, abstract watercolor painting on a gessoed wood panel. I was experimenting with different acrylic mediums specially formulated for watercolor. The more I painted, the more frustrated I became with how poorly the surface absorbed the watercolor. I was overcome with a storm of frustration. To alleviate this I rhythmically attacked the surface with paint, marker and colored pencil destroying the bright washes beneath. It was during this process that I was reminded of how long it had been since I played the drums and how much I missed it. So I added a quick sketch of me on the drums to motivate me to play again. Since then I have. The panel measures 12" x 12" x 1.5" deep. The finished painting is sealed with an archival, UV resistant, clear acrylic.
My work is emotionally layered, messy, textured, and rhythmic in thought. Much like an improvised solo, scattered color often moves freely in and out of the structured chord progression, of an idea, and/or feeling. I enjoy using colorfully sewn characters in my paintings to make lighthearted statements of frustration, motivation, love, lust, and absurdity. However, there are moments in my work where the process, of emotional release, is more important than the idea. The meaning is then left for the viewer to ascertain. In any case, a layered improvised mess of scratchy lines and colorful noise invade each piece creating a sense of movement and musicality. I currently live and work in Minnesota and hold a Bachelors in Fine Art from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul MN.