ABSTRACTS & ARCHIVES > Recent Abstract Work

"Beacon"
oil on canvas
36" x 36"
2012
"Red Cavern"
oil on board
12" x 12"
2013
"Gleaming Study"
oil on canvas
8" x 8"
2012
Abstract Study
oil on wood panel
18" x 18"
2015
$800
"Red Cascade"
oil on board
12" x 12"
2013
"Cascade"
oil on canvas
24" x 24"
2012
"Converge"
oil on canvas
16" x 16"
2012
"Flare"
oil on canvas
24" x 24"
2012
"Emitting Study"
oil on canvas board
8" x 8"
2012
"Spring Study"
oil on canvas board
10" x 8"
2012
"Mirage Study"
oil on canvas
12" x 9"
2012
"Cascade Study"
oil on canvas
12" x 12"
2012
"Cavern Study I"
oil on canvas board
10" x 8"
2012
"Cavern Study II"
oil on canvas board
8" x 8"
2012

During my Fulbright grant to Spain several years ago, I began to explore the Catholic concept of the woman as a “pure, expectant vessel.” I immersed myself in the symbols and attributes associated with the female saints and the Virgin Mary, and I became fascinated by the their implicit messages about femininity. Now these literal symbols have evolved into a personal vocabulary of more abstracted, less specific shapes.

My most recent abstract paintings are explorations of color and of the medium itself. The fluidity of the paint becomes a catalyst for form and space. Some compositions take shape according to how the colors interact and intersect; others emerge through an initial idea or reference to an imagined space.

I am drawn to the way light shifts our perception of what surrounds us, creating halos of soft diffusion or pockets of ambiguity. I find inspiration in the interplay of light in my experiences outside and in my memory of those experiences.

I am intrigued by patterns and distortions in landscapes- where images of what is "real" and what is "reflected" are set adrift or submerged in a nebulous space. I marvel at the mystery that exists in the stillness of the shadows. My process has become a romantic exploration of drifting, pulling apart, converging, ascending, and descending.

My paintings have become internal landscapes in which elements- possibly visceral objects from the environment within the human body- are adrift or submerged in a nebulous space. Made of forms resembling something biological yet ambiguous, they are like personal narratives or meditations of drifting, pulling apart, converging, ascending, and descending. Through my painting process I recognize an urge to explore a veiled world of suggestion.