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Artist's Statement

I have been working with acrylic paint and mixed media for the last 20 years.Having settled on this medium as my primary means of self expression, I wanted to understand its possibilities as well as its limitations. I have done extensive experimentation with acrylics and mixed media on various substrates, including papers, canvas, board, and wood. An important aspect of achieving virtuosity in acrylics is familiarity with the many new pigments on the market as well as potential uses for the myriad of special effects mediums, pastes, gels, and liquids that have been developed recently. Texture is visually interesting to me, and I have explored many techniques for bringing varied textural passages to my paintings. I want to engage the viewer through my methods of constructing an image, tempting him spend time studying the varied surface treatments.

Beyond the surface interest, there is the soul in each piece, defined in the Oxford dictionary as "emotional or intellectual energy or intensity, especially as revealed in a work of art." The need to communicate an intangible, elusive mood or meaning, whether the art work is abstract or representational, is what drives me to make art. All the techniques known to man cannot substitute for having something to say to your audience. I attempt to refine my message through time spent in the solitude of nature, to see the intangible clearly and work intuitively to convey it. This practice enables me to reveal something of my spiritual salt and light into each piece. I hope to intrigue the viewer with the elements of art and to communicate with the healing imagery of the painted surface.