ARTIST STATEMENT: Working with wax in an intimate, often combative, engagement, I am compelled by the challenge of manipulating this medium. Dragging, digging, and scraping are paramount responses in the process and facilitate my creating a surface of interest.
Partially veiled words, shapes, and images are glimpses into a visual journal, which can be excavated by the viewer. Often a patina of age suggests an historical context; the painting as relic.
Inspiration often begins with a saved image from my files or an interesting object seen and saved to my collection of miscellany.
My interest of the last year had been to work with paper directly on the heating unit allowing the transmutation of warm paint and pigment. This method demands spontaneity, and though I began with a loosely defined theme, I allowed digression and distraction.
Although I've moved away from the paper, my interest in reacting spontaneously to the material is amplified. After painting in a measured and thoughtful approach I will often begin a new painting with thoughtless abandon, the only interest being losing myself in the properties of the waxy paint and its malleability under my tools.