My abstract paintings are emotional exhales; every scrape and smudge depicts raw honesty through grungy marks of freedom. I create intuitively, quickly using hard-edge tools, brayers, and acrylics.
The focus of my abstract expression is honesty and freedom. Hands relying on intuition and a swirling mind that allows space for trial, questions, mistakes, shifts, and every in between. It happens quickly, often in batches. Each scrape and smudge a release; each stroke a whirling breath. I have ADHD and with it a bell jar of messiness and fumbling. I think a lot. I am plagued with questions. Still, I have learned to find beauty in this gray space where all feelings can play in totality; not just beautiful bits, but even the underbelly scars. Not to be resolved, but to be free.
While my work is expressly emotional, it is not a space where I work out and through my problems. Instead, it is an open space where I am simply honest enough to have them. In the truest sense of letting go with acceptance, in my work, I am free to be messy and me.
Abstraction is a direct method for manifesting this internal chaos; making something not just beautiful, but useful. I create intuitively, quickly using hard-edge tools, brayers, and acrylics. My aim is to create space for pause and consideration, inspiring deeper thought and even permission to quiet the external and predisposition of our society to rely on the obvious.
Instinctively, I grab tubes of color, canvas boards, wood, or paper, creating without a plan. Each grungy mark informs the next until I take pause, ultimately editing through intuition until the composition feels like a full exhale. Here, my shoulders drop. For the moment, I am satisfied.