“The modern artist… is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.” -Jackson Pollock
About ten years ago, I began to paint abstract works. It took me a while to come around to painting in this way. I had been attending Alberta College of Art and Design since 2003, when I took my first Saturday studio course in drawing, and drawing “what you see” was the goal. Art history was one of my favorite subjects, and I was ultimately drawn to artists of abstraction: Picasso, Pollock, Klee, Jasper Johns, Miro, Kandinsky. I have experimented with various media and processes, and developed my own methods, in the course of my exploration of painting and art.
I paint abstract works on canvas with acrylic paint, following my impulses, indulging in random gestures, listening to music. I immerse myself in the action of painting and escape from self-conscious mark making. To my surprise the painting will speak back to me, a new message, and I am grateful for this wonderful activity, bringing the painting into being.