Regardless of the material with which I am working, my imagery comes from searching an internal space.
I build a painting through a series of actions that guide me to each next step. Working with a heavy texture of sand and paint allows me to scratch, incise, smooth over, cover and uncover. Like an excavation, the evolving work feels like a discovery. Marks that look like writing are indecipherable, and they are carriers of feeling, like a seismograph records the trembling of the earth.
I have a personal vocabulary of marks that I use spontaneously. This is an instinctual process in which I use automatic actions, making intuitive gestural marks that originate in sensing, memory and physical movement.
Working with many materials allows me to proceed with a test of ideas, ultimately using the material that best reflects a physicality and feeling. The finished work is a layered accumulation of material and marks. This history of layers is akin to the traces of time and weather that the world and our bodies bear, a tracery of life's cycles.