I am a self-taught artist who did
not begin to draw or paint until I was an adult.
I paint in oil on
canvas or linen, but I often use vellum because it has
a translucence that adds another layer of light to the surface.
My method was born out of not
knowing how to paint.
I did not understand the temperature of color or how to use value.
My method became
about erasure, and ultimately I developed a repetitive process of putting on and wiping off
paint. I also have not been able to complete a
painting without going into it with some form of over-drawing
which seems to hold the image together for me viscerally.
This process often imparts a
luminous quality to the
surface and intensifies subtleties and the figures then seem
to exist as after-images or in reflected light. This
process of painting is very satisfying for me because the
physical act of wiping off layer upon layer of impressions
helps me to get past preconceived assumptions and
attitudes in order to reach for something that may only be
seen indirectly, something that is, I think, more true
because it is unspoken.
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