Why I’m painting abstract:
As far as color and composition go, abstraction has always been brewing in my representational work and photography. And like most artists, I had things I was playing with on the side with leftover paint, mostly just colors and shapes and happy accidents, paintings one makes only for oneself… which I now know should be the case always. And speaking of making things for oneself, I wanted my own coffee and booze sipping cups, and little bowls for olives and salt. (I like to entertain) So, I started taking ceramics classes. I got into carving shapes and patterns on my pieces which made it’s way into my new paintings. In late 2015, I was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk in St. Louis, I suffered a pretty good blow to the head along with many other severe injuries. In my concussion recovery, I had to start using my brain differently, exercising it differently. That’s when I knew it was time to go forward with abstraction. I was also getting tired of what I was doing - it was a predictable process. Now, with the new work, I have no idea where it will end or what I’m going to find out. I also feel that with my new work, I am processing my experience in less literal, more internal way. To use the words of a painter friend:
“The goal is no longer the imitation and reproduction of nature but the embodiment of the idea one receives from the contemplation of nature.” And I would like to articulate that nature includes the stimulus of my environment, urban decay, graffiti, compositions in landscape and architecture, patterns, textures, textiles, and the paint itself.
Included here are pieces made in spring of 2018 on a month long residency in Morocco, and work following inspired by the experience.


Addis Abeba (new flower) Oil, beeswax, metal leaf on wood 15.75 x 8.25” 2018