My work and ideas have evolved over the years from a confluence of traditions such as primitive folk art, expressionism, and abstract modernism, which is expressed in my colorful and eclectic paintings.
The art process I use includes laying down various mixed medias, especially cut out cotton rag paper and other found objects, on a stretched artist canvas and then painting and drawing with oil pastels, graphite and charcoal. I then add and remove layers for a textured, dimensional aged look. The final image is protected with a matte acrylic medium. After I start with a general idea which is usually based on my day to day life, such as walking my dog next to the Columbia River, where we might see a wide assortment of wildlife.
I work in a free and associative way based on things that suggest themselves as I work. It is an intuitive and abstract process of colors, and drawings that strike me as interesting and are visually appealing.
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