Abstract painting, for me, is a way to make sense of Life. With each painting, I struggle to find the essence of a landscape before me, or that of a model and even a still life. I then begin to translate my emotional reaction to areas of interest and then translate those feelings into a painted image.
My work does not emerge from a void. I make a sketch of something I actually see before me on paper or canvas. When I begin, I don't have a preconceived idea of how the sketch will evolve into an abstract form. I want to convey the movement and feeling immediately, stream of consciousness. I want the painting to have its own unique narrative and history formed through layers of paint, line, drawing, scrapes and washes.
Any painting requires the viewer to be an active participant. With abstraction, the ambiguity and subjectiveness add to the viewer's commitment and involvement, consciously or unconsciously.
How do slashes of color, line, shapes, and washes become the "essence"? It is in the eyes of the beholder. I am and will always be a student of "learning to see". As Hans Hofmann writes in "The Search for the Real,"
"The artist's technical problem is how to transfer the material with which he works back into the sphere of the spirit."