I make one gesture/mark then another, cutting space and shape, and then re-unify them as a coherent whole. The shapes, the color, the marks are the voices I strain to hear; an interior alphabet that leaks out; a language that I have to relearn and translate every time I start on a new work. The marks, free of the dependence on figure or object, like music, illustrate nothing, tell no stories, and launch no myths. I work to evoke the incommunicable realm of the spirit, where dream becomes thought, where line becomes existence.
My process involves working to a place where I am losing control of the painting, then with focused desperation struggling back from that moment to achieve an emotional balance that is spontaneous and natural.
My Road Rage photography series tackles these same problems, and attempts to capture this same dynamic, through the lens of the camera. While walking the streets of Philadelphia, I am always on the lookout for ambiguous accidents of beauty and power, ground into the common pavement. Photographs are shot with a digital camera and printed with archival inks & dye on paper and aluminum.