Why I’m painting abstract:
As far as color and composition go, abstraction has always been brewing in my representational work and photography. And like most artists, I had things I was playing with on the side with leftover paint, mostly just colors and shapes and happy accidents, paintings one makes only for oneself… which I now know should be the case always. And speaking of making things for oneself, I wanted my own coffee and booze sipping cups, and little bowls for olives and salt. (I like to entertain) So, I started taking ceramics classes. I got into carving shapes and patterns on my pieces which made it’s way into my new paintings. In late 2015, I was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in St. Louis, I suffered a pretty good blow to the head along with many other severe injuries. In my concussion recovery, I had to start using my brain differently, exercising it differently. That’s when I knew it was time to go forward with abstraction. I was also getting tired of what I was doing - it was a predictable process. Now, with the new work, I have no idea where it will end or what I’m going to find out. I also feel that with my new work, I am processing my experience in less literal, more internal way. To use the words of a painter friend:
“The goal is no longer the imitation and reproduction of nature but the embodiment of the idea one receives from the contemplation of nature.” And I would like to articulate that nature includes the stimulus of my environment, urban decay, graffiti, compositions in landscape and architecture, patterns, textures, textiles, and the paint itself.