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. I especially love the California Colorists as depicted by the Bay Area Figurative movement represented by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira and Joan Brown whom I discovered while living in the Bay Area. 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.
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