work is characterized by highly colorful and detailed imagery in a sea of fluid and
luminous layers of color. With a strong emphasis on fantasy, mysticism, and
nature, it fuses the realms of the real with the imaginary. In creating a
painting, my technique involves two distinct phases, the first being completely
spontaneous and the other involving much attention to detail and a reliance
on intuition. In the first phase, the canvas is placed horizontally and
layers of liquid color are poured over the surface. This phase is characterized
by the use of highly fluid acrylic paint, manipulation of the canvas
and wet paint, and can best be described as a deliberate collaboration with the natural and
spiritual forces present in my life at that time.
I start each painting with absolutely no
preconceived idea of what I want to it to be, confident that by being open and
receptive, shapes and elements will emerge that I can build upon later.
second phase of my process is one where the painting is placed vertically on an
easel and I add in the details. This stage is one of amplification and
reinforcement of any significant or meaningful effects formed in the initial
stage, and inclusion of other additional elements such as shapes and forms. As
the work progresses, significant forms may emerge.
after the painting is completed is it then named. My paintings take up to six
months to a year to complete, sometimes longer and I occasionally work on more
than one at a time. My
primary, early influences include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Sonia
Delaunay, Robert McCall, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.
My current body of work is motivated
by a deep concern for the well-being of our oceans, and is entitled
"Liza's Reef". This ten-year project stated in 2005 and includes a series of
paintings of an imaginary coral reef as well as the creation and ongoing
maintenance of an environmental defense website. My overall intent of the
project, through my paintings and the website, is to draw attention to the dire straits
our oceans are in -whole species are being overfished to
extinction, pollution is rampant and increasing, and coral reefs, mangroves and other important habitats are
disappearing at an alarming, unprecedented rate. These situations need to be
reversed, and the Liza's Reef project is my effort to help bring this about.
with their high degree of fantasy, and fusion of two
natural realms, coral reefs and outer space, seem to place me in two overlapping
groups of artists -the surrealists, and contemporary visionary ocean painters.