22×30 mixed water media
My abstract pieces may appear to be either microcosm or cosmic macrocosm, but each has an internal rather than an objective source. The subject matter is energy, dimensions and multiple realities. Vibrant color is my primary tool in translating the interaction and transformation of energies. The mixed water media abstracts are created with both watercolor and acrylic inks. The inks, some containing pearlescence, can be mixed with water to obtain any degree of transparency, but used straight they are very intense and opaque.
I work in multiple layers, letting the paper dry completely after each one. I use a large brush to apply clean water to an area of the paper where I want to add color. Then I pour or drop color into that very wet swath and move the paper around to let the colors flow. I develop the composition as I go, and I generally start with transparent colors and use more opacity in later stages. I can always darken an area with the acrylic inks later, as they are more opaque than the watercolor. This process continues for days. Most of my time is spent just staring at the piece until I decide what the next step and layer should be. When it feels like nothing more is needed anywhere, I’m done.
Veiled Labyrinth won First Place in Marin Society of Artists‘s “Realism to Abstraction” juried exhibit in 2018.