Journal Entry: Mon Sep 17, 2018, 10:29 PM
This work is representative of the artist’s intense personal growth associated with a return to the essence of painting - the organic mark and an emotive quality of line that connects the present to a storied visual traditional of expression.
These works are a continuation of a rich historic tradition that first saw humans making marks to communicate and record their awareness of life with its alternating events of joy and the pain of loss.
This collection of work, with roots tracing to Lyrical Abstraction, as well as drawing from decades of experience working with digital technologies, also has given rise to its own aesthetic, characterized as Elemental Collaborativism. A hallmark of this is the inclusion of the chaotic process of natural elements used not randomly, but with chaos as a brush, handled with intent and to a powerful emotive effect.
Gone from this work is the detached irony or the clinical Modernist motive of ‘material for its own sake’ - replaced by an emphasis on the development of an intense and stormy visual dialect of implicit allegory and emotion that are as old as humanity itself.