The Organic Line
The new paintings for my show at Craighead Green Gallery are a collection of encaustic and mixed media works which I’ve recently completed. With these abstract pieces I wanted to make dynamic works of art with an emphasis on line, color and form in order to create a sense of movement across the surface of the paintings.
Part of my inspiration and motivation for making this new body of work was the anticipation of the spring season which we are now enjoying. With each spring there is a sense of renewal, of starting over. This rebirth is obvious in terms of organic plant life, blooming all around us in beautifully vibrant colors. I wanted to channel that fresh energy into my paintings and to incorporate the feeling of optimism that a new season brings.
Some of the paintings have a strong graphic presence through the use of line work in multiple colors, layered and stacked on top of each other. Other pieces employ a kind of “dot” pattern which is etched into the surface of the paintings making swirling images that appear to be in constant motion. And other paintings have a more free-form style of execution with organic shapes and imagery filling the picture plane. However, they all share a common thread in terms of materials, process and concept.
I hope that my new work will engage and enlighten all who see them in a very positive way.