Represented by GALLERY HOUSe, Palo Alto, CA
My figures are generally focused on beautiful people facing ”challenges.” The beauty of the subject is always challenged by the underlying “problem”, but the strength of the subject perseveres and the message becomes one of hope.
I deconstruct my cityscrapes using rollers and knives, scrapers and sponges, to blend ugly into beauty, until each piece becomes a story about the light and the motion and the energy of the city. There is something magical that occasionally happens, when all the stars align, when the paint does the work and and makes the image appear. When I create my cityscrapes, I’m not so much painting, as setting up opportunities for the paint to make magic. Using cradled wood panels, gessoed three times and sanded smooth, I measure out and delineate the geometry of the street scene I’m recreating. I start applying layer after layer of resist and paint, using rollers and palette knives, then scraping the excess away with a squeegee. Each application carves out more structures, darkening shadows, enhancing the geometry, eliminating as much of the unnecessary information as possible. When the piece reaches a density, a solidity, that feels true, I add in the characters, the cars, the trees, painting these details with a brush, then blending them into the background with a roller.