BFA from Wayne State University majoring in Painting and Printmaking; currently studio based in (Shadow Hills) Las Vegas. I am originally from the metropolitan Detroit area. I moved to Las Vegas in May 2019.
I started as a painter but soon became interested in printmaking. Enjoying the process of the print, I began layering the color and chemically amending the components of the inks, deeply fascinated with the way ink reacted with pigments, varnishes and various mediums. This interest in reactionary versus stable colors has changed the palette in which I paint and the way I perceive color.
In 1998, I suffered a closed-head injury which affected my vision and the way I process information. While in the hospital, the doctor placed a gauze sheet over my eyes to stop the bleeding while he stitched above the eye. I remember very little about that night, but I do remember how the blood and plasma were separating and drying on the gauze. I was fascinated by how the color transitioned from transparent Indian yellow to orange to red to deep maroon and then to darkness. Sleep has changed; no longer do my dreams have fluid movement or sounds. The dreams are like a silent slide show, just quietness, patterns and color. Images seem to verge and overlay into other images leaving just patterns that were constantly changing of patterns and colors.
After that incident, I stepped away from showing my artwork for nearly a decade, leaving the Detroit art scene to reflect and heal. Now I am using both reactionary and stable paints and pigments amended with various medium, layered and mixed on both wood panels or stretched canvas. Sometimes resin is used to allow the chemical reaction to be captured and suspended. The process transitions identifiable objects and movements into geometric forms, patterns and color. The final image is not just a cognitive reference to an object but rather an emotions response expressed through a spectrum of colors.
Scale is important too; though many of the works are expansive, all in fact are human scaled.
Finally, as my experimentations with color and imagery suggest, the emotional tenor of my art over the last year has evolved from hard edge, highly active compositions of curved and angular segments to softly veiled expressionistic images.