MY CREATIVE PROCESS
Influenced by a lifelong fascination with abstract shapes, cast shadows, light, reflections on water, silhouettes, clouds, and colors, I paint to convey my thoughts and feelings about a place or subject. Color, shape, texture, and line are prominent features found in my work. There's often tension between the shapes (geometric vs. organic), color choices (warm vs. cool) and values (lights vs. darks) which add drama and interest. I want my paintings to have a spontaneous and painterly characteristic with a spirited sense of color!
I paint intuitively beginning with the application of one color and then reacting to the next color applied to the canvas as if I were having a dialog with the painting. As I progress in the painting, I add distinct shapes and marks using graphite, watercolor pencils, markers, pastels, charcoal, or conté crayons. I continue to add or change colors and shapes until I am pleased with the composition and the overall design and feel of the painting. It's at this point that I consider the painting finished and in need of a name!
I'm a visual storyteller who uses paint and a camera. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I print the selected photos on a laser printer in black and white and begin creating a composition on the canvas to tell a story of a place, real or imagined.
After the collaged items are dry, I continue painting the remainder of the canvas usually in an abstract way. I add layers of color and texture intuitively until the canvas is covered. Finally, when finished, you can see the visible history of the painting process and, if successful, expresses my feelings about the subject in a unique and very personal way.
Hand-Manipulated Polaroid SX70 Film
In the mid 1990s I was introduced to the creative processes one could achieve using Polaroid films: image transfers, emulsion transfers, and manipulated images. For nearly 10 years I photographed exclusively with a vintage 1972 Polaroid camera and I developed a unique painterly style of hand-manipulated images. I coined the term fauxtographs® for my manipulated SX70 photographs because I I thought they looked more like paintings than photographs hence the name fauxtographs. Using this technique I was able to soften the hard lines of photography using small sculpting tools to move the emulsion directly on the film. My original fauxtographs® are only 3”x3” and have been scanned as large digital files which can be enlarged to 40”x40” or larger. They are popular as canvas or aluminum giclees.