Working in an abstract format has allowed me the freedom to explore the principles of art and design in a way I was unaccustomed to. By moving my focus away from the subject I am able to respond intuitively to what’s occurring on the surface and explore my connection to colour, line, texture, brushstroke, and paper. Working intuitively opened my mind to what was possible.
There is a freedom that comes when you don’t allow your fears to get in the way of the process. I layer paint, use collage, make marks, and use tools to scratch and sand my work to reveal unexpected surprises throughout the layers. I want to push myself to use colours that normally aren’t in my palette, unique combinations that stimulate and propel me forward in my work. I focus on the wonderful differences between shape, line, layers, and marks and how those differences create interest on the surface.