“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” – Vincent van Gogh
My abstract art comes from my interpretation of something I can't put into words, a way to express myself intuitively with paint and other mediums. It might be the colors of a long-ago memory, a fleeting moment of the present, or a combination of colors and shapes that recall a favorite place or landscape. I'm constantly inspired by prose and poetry, nature, music, and my love of color. I'm inspired by the Impressionists and the Fauves, who painted expressively and subjectively, rather than realistically. In most abstract pieces, I usually don't have a plan before I begin; I may begin a painting with a particular color palette in mind, but rarely more than that, so the painting can evolve organically, in its own time, and sometimes the process is almost chaotic in nature. Even in my more realistic still life paintings, my style is more loose in nature, and my goal is to always evoke some emotional response, and strike a connection to the viewer, whether it be power, love, innocence, or other strong emotions.