In these large watercolors I started by puddling large amounts of water and color onto the paper. I was trying to set the watercolor free, putting as much energy into my materials as I could and watching, as I let the painting almost create itself. I tried to keep the feeling of spontaneous events taking place in the painting as fresh as I could. I wanted the evidence of my human intervention as minimal as possible.
The images in these pieces spring from the unconscious and take shape in the process of working. With oil or acrylic painting there are endless opportunities to keep changing the shapes, revising and correcting till it all feels right. I wanted the shapes to reflect the energies of nature acting upon them.
Life is teeming all around us. Many of the shapes in these watercolors seem to press against each other in symbiotic relationships. I am very interested in the power of abstract shape to convey meaning. I try to find shapes that seem vaguely familiar and that evoke multiple interpretations. Another goal for me is to make the watercolor medium more physical with textures, patterns and multiple glazes.
In this watercolor series I started by painting the whole paper as black as I could. The idea was to wash away areas of the black to discover new shapes and textures that were not possible with a direct, additive approach. Surface quality and texture became more important than color.