First off, let me say I really dislike doing artist's statements. That being said, I paint because I'm drawn to it and love art. I grew up around art and artists. My mind is restless and I'm always thinking of new things to paint and different techniques I want to try. No matter how discouraged I may feel at times, I continue to paint and experiment.
I love color and shapes, also movement, so I mostly do abstracts. My style can be summed up best by artist and author Herbert Sieber - "Why should I care about style? When I start painting, I never know what will come out." That pretty much sums up my creative process. When I'm inspired to start a painting, the piece usually takes on a direction of its own. Sometimes conflicts have to be overcome, but at other times, when I'm in the moment and not really thinking about where the painting is going, I just let it take me where it needs to go. That's when it's magical, when I don't have to think, I just have to do. If I think too much, I usually mess it up.
I'm drawn to and inspired by the unusal and unexpected. I draw heavily from the abstract expressionist movement of the 50's that was taking shape in New York. From Pollock, DeKooning, Mitchell and Diebenkorn.
I had one viewer of my work comment that "I used color, texture and shape without fear." At first, I didn't know if this was a compliment or not, but have come to embrace this statement and I 'try' to approach each piece without fear of doing something wrong and let the piece shape itself and bring 'me' along for the ride.