Oil on linen
72 X 63 IN / 183 X 160 CM
My paintings are informed by my interests in physiological and cognitive or cerebral responses, and a fascination with that which eludes us about our brains, bodies, and our relationship with the world. Though formal in composition, I seek to portray that which is not readily or easily translated into written language; the response to thought fragments, memories, humor, and resonances—the transference of energy. I am intrigued that paintings work on two very basic levels: a primary involuntary physical response—an immediate response not consciously processed, and a secondary more conscious and cerebral response—one where the physical may be triggered by the immediacy of bold color contrasts, vibration between colors, and instances of afterimages.
This particular interest in perception and visual processing points to a focused concern on the understanding of abstraction, relating to composition with the nuance of shapes and relationships between forms that leads to making connections and associations from within the painting itself or from external influences. As the response to my paintings reverberate from real and imagined instances where disparate forces come together for but brief moments, they function as a means of communication and an experience in physical reality not obstructed, altered, or interrupted by technology and artificial/non-physical interaction.
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