30 x 40 oil and silver leaf on panel
As a painter, I feel that if I'm not trying new ways of doing things to grow and evolve, then I'm doing a disservice to myself and to art in general. To that end, I have recently begun experiments immersing my printed reference photos in water until the photo emulsion breaks up and disintegrates to varying degrees. The results have been fantastic, and I have begun to explore how this new "Disintegration" series has re-arranged my thinking about imagery, both spatially and conceptually.
This process of fragmentation and abstraction de-objectifies the image, and enables me to use disintegration as its own symbol; of transience, transformation, and the temporal nature of life itself. As a realist/symbolist painter, I’m finding this exploration to be a very liberating experience. The Tacoma Ledger recently said about this new series, "The images appear to burst at the edges of the canvas like a darkroom scene gone wrong, a compelling vision based on thoughts of our current fractured society."