Mixed Media / Sculpture
Many of the painted constructions have used an x, xy, or triangular structure. These elements appeal because of the myriad number of meanings assigned to them from mathematical, religious, gender,. or historic to concepts such as convergence, expansion, compartmentalizing and balance. At times they are more minimal and color becomes a dominant focus in the structures. Imagery has been reintroduced recently and sometimes replaces totally the x, xy, or triangular elements. Botanical themes and issues of man and nature, and the environment have been added.
Works on paper, watercolor/gouache and drawing, have always been a vital adjunct to the constructions. Many of the same symbolic shapes and images mentioned above appear in these as well. I tend to think about drawing much as I do about painting, using successive layers of color that build up over each other, leading to a density of color, often retaining a translucency. They are structured and controlled, often somewhat symmetrical.
The minimal aspect of some pieces derives from a desire to achieve a meditative response to the chaotic, stressed lives many people are living in this tumultuous age. I find solace in color, shape, pattern, and their variation. Hues derive from among other influences: atmosphere, nature, emotion or personal content, and the exploration of color relationships in proximity to each other. Other recent work is more emotional in character, reflects on the vagaries of nature and the state of the environment, and ideas of nature vs. man.
I encourage viewers to use their own observations and experiences to perceive their own meanings in my work.