I have had my hand in the collective arts for over thirty years. Clay, photography, drawing, scrapbooking, and design gave way to painting in my twenties. What began as an informal hobby developed into a part-time career as painting proved the perfect right-brain balance to practicing law. In 2009, I began exhibiting in fine art shows across the southeast.
Attorney by day and artist by night, I work predominantly in oils. Completely self-taught, I utilize a wet-on-wet technique, sometimes incorporating mixed media elements such as charcoal, colored pencils, spray paint, or photographs. Some works are purely paintings; others fall on the mixed-media side of the spectrum.
I often construct a substrate of various materials to lend texture and incorporate that topography into my paintings. I prefer the clean lines of gallery-wrapped canvases and build multiple layers of oils, then scratch through to reveal earlier colors and add depth.
I paint the world around me – not as I see it, but as I experience it. Rather than precisely reducing one subject to canvas, I capture fleeting moments with my brush. Accordingly, my work tends toward the abstract but often includes notes of specific experiences. Other pieces communicate merely through shape, composition, and color. The common thread connecting my portfolio is a strong and vibrant palette.
I also create monotypes: paintings created on several plates and transfered onto one paper through an etching press. I enjoy the unpredictability of the printmaking process. These works, also all originals, are fun because they require engaging a bit of the left brain. I have to remember that what I paint first will end up on the top of the image, rather than in the background, and that colors will blend in unexpected ways during multiple drops of the same paper through the press. It is painting in reverse with a whole lot of x-factor built into it, and the final result is an unknown until the last plate goes through the press. Monotypes offer a subtlety very different than thick layers of oils on canvas, and crossing between and among mediums makes for fresh work.
My influences are many but include Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Basquiat, Miro, and Dali, as well as contemporary artists Alexandra Nechita and Malcolm Liepke. I find inspiration in life's separate and tangled moments and hope to convey that richness and poetry in my art.
Special thanks to two friends who also have influenced and inspired me: to Daphne Covington, for taking me under her wing and patiently teaching me everything about being an artist; and to Mark Brown, for always making time to review my work and reminding me not to let the law get in the way of good art.