In the summer of 2008 I decided I would concentrate my painting efforts on creating abstract images. My painting style before this was always semi-abstract in that I created figurative and landscape work that would generally be described as an impressionistic / expressionistic painting style. However, majoring in psychology as an undergraduate student got me curious about why people are motivated to do what they do.

In graduate school at CSU, LONG BEACH, where I earned an MFA in painting, I took a lot of art history and I studied the work and writings of a number of well known 1950's and 1960's abstract painters. I have always been intrigued with the meaning of abstract art and why artists make it. I soon found it to be one of the most challenging and satisfying approaches to painting that I have yet to discover.

I usually begin with an idea about color, space and shape relationships. As the painting progresses, new relationships are discovered which is what makes the process exciting. The finished work reminds me of the universe that we live in and how vast, varied and mysterious it is and probably will always be...

 

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fly-over country from 80,000 feet / acrylic on canvas / 35"x 35"

 

 

 

softly tossed salad / acrylic on canvas / 12"x 12"

 

 

 

coming at you / acrylic on canvas / 35"x 35"

 

 

 

flying through the rgb / acrylic on canvas / 35"x 35"

 

 

 

 

molten silver moving into the void / acrylic on canvas / 35"x 35"

 

 

the yellow family and the blue family relaxing on the green / acrylic on canvas / 20"x 20"