Constructed Canvases w/Rivets
The works in this series are comprised of painted canvas components riveted in a checkerboard fashion onto a painted canvas having additional underlying fiber layers. The newly constructed canvas then has additional layers painted on and rubbed off or blended, or cut and folded; creating overall rich layers of color and texture by integrating the old and new, seen and unseen.
The grid pattern used for the Wrapped Canvases is a high contrast image generated from a photo of a work from the Constructed Canvases w/Rivets series. This evolved grid pattern is then distressed and used as the initial laminated layer for the Wrapped Canvases. Additional layers of colorful washes and marks of paint and pastel are added to create new patterned works. These works allude to time's passage, with the integration of life's experiential patterns and overlays of emotions and events; much like ancient calendars.
Constructed Canvases w/Ties
The Constructed Canvases w/Ties series starts with a pre-painted distressed canvas having wide-sweeping calligraphic brush marks or etchings. String and wire-tied components and grid overlays, are tied onto the canvas layer; forming the final imagery that integrates the contrasting uses of materials and textures.
These inspirations and the original artwork that evolved from them, form the wellspring from which the various Studio Ties Design Options have been drawn.
"…mixed-media paintings channel inspirations from non-Western crafts and the natural world to create richly textured chromatically alluring abstract compositions."
"…conceptually the work builds on abstract expressionism and minimalism."
"…alludes to a dynamic of freedom within structural limits, and in that sense the paintings are analogous to recorded jazz performers."
Winston-Salem Journal 2007
Japanese armor and origami; African Shoowa weavings and tribal shaman prayer vestments; raku and batik textures; the random patterns of tree bark, rock, and cloud patterns; and calligraphic manuscripts and musical scores are some of the various kinds of imagery used as inspiration, as well as the work of Pamela Studstill, Katherine Westphal, Lenore Davis, and Chuck Close.