The similarities across the mediums I explored were most noticeable in the shapes I created. There were always fluid, organic shapes and lines, a sense of irrepressible movement, a flow of energy. And there were a lot of circles and lines, especially in the earlier works, dissipating into more ethereal splashes of colour, as if the restraint and the control of the past had been released and a new freedom and confidence were emerging.
Can we talk about neutrals? Not so much (smile). It’s all about colour in my world; deeply saturated, vibrant colour: blue, magenta, yellow. Dark against light, the differences are celebrated. I’ve seen the colours explode all around me, in places near and far. I’ve travelled the world exploring, experiencing the fact that all of this beauty and messiness is part of the human experience. That involvement in the full spectrum of life gives me fuel to reorganize the chaos into something new on the canvas. I am the Universe, the Universe is within me, and it will spill out onto the canvas in new ways again and again. There is such immense joy in distilling the experience of one's life in a subconscious way, seeing it make sense only once it's fully expressed. I surprise myself in the process of making art.
At the moment, I find myself at yet another crossroad, wondering what evolution will occur next in my work. I've just completed a series of water paintings and I don't feel like I'm done with those. There's more to experiment with on that front. But I also feel something new brewing; a sense of openness, even eagerness for change. Adaptability has always been a part of my nature. Experimentation in the studio will, undoubtedly, bring forth both frustrations and excitement. Ultimately, what happens in the studio will bring about another transition, but one borne out of who I have become, not only who I was. The future version of my artistic journey lies waiting. I hope to see you on the journey!
And here, for your interest, are a few examples of work from the past to the present.
From there I moved into watery washes that I still work with today, but there were a lot of circles, or bubbles and distinct shapes appearing for a period. Much later, my paintings became more complex and yet also looser, required layering colour over colour as if creating the future meant building on the past.