For me, painting is about trust and surrender, exploration and discovery, possibility and perseverance, and sometimes, even disaster. I embrace a way of working that encourages surprise, as disturbing as that can sometimes be.
I begin a piece by laying out some colors that I may want to include; beyond that, I do not have a predetermined notion of what the painting should become . I use oils with a cold wax medium and experiment with various amounts of each. With a blow torch, I fuse the two to explore color and form. What I particularly like about this method is its unpredictability. As heat is applied, magic is created: fusion occurs and, in an instant, long drips, whirling streams, and even minor snow storms develop when the pigment merges and or separates from the wax. I turn the painting on all four sides to see it from multiple perspectives, sometimes changing its final orientation. I dance a
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