I want to push beyond the genre of abstract expression.
My experimentation with new processes and paint technologies are intended to disrupt visual expectations.
Ultimately, I hope that my modernist collages evoke joy and thrilling excitement!
I grew up on a ranch in Utah’s Uintah Basin. As a child, drawing the farm animals was a favorite pastime. And a set of oil paints in the 7th grade, started my artistic journey.
Before painting full time, I worked at many jobs: ranch hand, cowboy, sawmill hand, sign painter, industrial painter, combat engineer, illustrator, casino worker, art instructor, and even gallery director. All of these experiences contributed in some way to the visual and technical skills that inform my modernist collages.
In my studio, I enjoy experimenting with optical push-pull techniques and listening to classic jazz. I work on several paintings at a time. Some are finished after one session, while others take weeks or even years to finish.
Sometimes I go overboard and don’t know when to stop. During one university painting class, the instructor felt the work was finished, but I kept working on it, so he took my brush and threw it out of the window. After class, I had to search for my brush in the thorn bushes.
While cleaning up my studio several years ago, I was pulling up dry paint from the plastic sheeting on the floor and thought some of the paint peels were beautiful and interesting. I started experimenting with these peels which paved the way for my current work.
I’m obsessed with creating patterns with variations of shapes and color combinations. At a juried competition, a juror once remarked that that not one square inch of my painting was boring. That painting won “Best of Show.” My artistic goal and motto ever since has been: “no boring paintings!”
Layered paint on 6ml plastic
Cut & collage paint peels
Gesso & mixed media