Marking Time

“I think of ruins of ancient cities buried under new ones, the remains of Shakespeare’s theater unearthed, even a King of England found buried under a parking lot.” - the artist

First Marks, 2019, Oil,Cold Wax, Plaster on Panel, 40 x 40 inches, $1800

First Marks, 2019, Oil,Cold Wax, Plaster on Panel, 40 x 40 inches, $1800

My intuitive abstract work in oil and cold wax medium represents ongoing exploration: challenging myself to work on large and small panels, allowing gestural marks to coexist with soft passages of paint and wax, and trusting my artistic intuition amidst the struggle to give form to my vision.

Whisper, 2018, Oil, Cold Wax on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, $600

Whisper, 2018, Oil, Cold Wax on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, $600

I am grateful for my love of the painting process which brings me stability during the surreal and concerning events of the outside world.

Light in the Dark, Oil, Cold Wax on Paper Mounted on Panel, 8 x 8 inches, $225

Light in the Dark, Oil, Cold Wax on Paper Mounted on Panel, 8 x 8 inches, $225

I love layers and strata that evoke history and transition. I’m interested in what’s underneath the surface of things.

Paleo Winter, 2018, Oil, cold Wax on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, NFS

Paleo Winter, 2018, Oil, cold Wax on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, NFS

I think of ruins of ancient cities buried under new ones, the remains of Shakespeare’s theater unearthed, even a King of England found buried under a parking lot. The layers, colors, and textures of a piece contain my sense of history, mystery, and every day magic.

La Sagesse, 2018, Oil, Cold Wax on Paper Mounted on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, $600

La Sagesse, 2018, Oil, Cold Wax on Paper Mounted on Panel, 20 x 16 inches, $600

My wish is to connect with the viewer of my work, sharing what is beyond words. I build up many layers, incise, scribble, scrape back, and texture my work, allowing each piece to tell its own story.

About the collection:

This collection is part of a series called "Marking Time". This work is my response to visiting Pech Merle in France, home to Upper Paleolithic cave paintings and drawings.

I played with the acts of painting and mark making, fueled by the excitement of having seen the creations of people who lived roughly 25,000 year ago. My surfaces are complex, with many layers of paint and visual texture that echo the signs of the passage of time found in the magical cave I visited.

Making this work, I reached back to the wonder and joy I first felt in mark making and painting as a child. As an adult I was holding feelings of compassion and connection to these early artists in one hand, and holding the barriers of time to every understand their mysteries in the other.

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