Whether portrayed in the abstract, realism or somewhere in between, my work is most influenced by the attractive, unattractive and sometimes humorous components of contemporary culture. My figurative and surreal works tend to focus upon interesting juxtaposition of images which share the same canvas. I like to challenge the viewer to question how these images relate to one another. On the other hand, my abstract paintings reflect contemporary culture through the use of texture, intersecting lines, color shading and often text.
Red Wine Paintings
Why wine? Wine and art have for years been intertwined in art exhibitions and events around the world. Who could imagine attending an art exhibition at a prominent art gallery, if wine were not served? Wine is an essential component to enjoying and experiencing art. I thought why not take the final leap and incorporate wine directly into my paintings. Recently, I experimented with using wine as a medium along with acrylic, pencil and gels for various figurative and abstract paintings in my new “Red Wine” series of paintings. Like most experiments, there were significant amount of trial and error. I discovered that wine is unpredictable and does not play well with several other traditional media such as acrylic. Rather than attempting to force the wine to act similar to the properties of acrylic, I instead let the wine dictate the outcome of the interaction. Through hours of work (including enjoying an occasional glass of my new found medium), I learned that wine crystalizes certain soft acrylic paint. This resulted in presenting interesting opportunities to use the blend of wine and acrylics in both figurative and abstract paintings. On the other hand, I learned that wine could be controlled when combined with certain gels. This harnessing of the wine properties permitted me to use wine similar to traditional type media thereby opening up endless creative opportunities for my paintings.